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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 January, 2005, 16:01 GMT
Congestion review given go-ahead
Traffic jam
Edinburgh is considering charging similar to London
A judicial review into Edinburgh's congestion charging plans will go ahead next week, a judge has ruled.

Edinburgh City Council had called for a postponement until after a referendum on the charge proposals.

But temporary judge Roderick Macdonald said there was no substance to a point raised about possible prejudice.

Fife, West Lothian and Midlothian councils are challenging an exemption from the charge for some residents in outlying parts of the city.

They say motorists in neighbouring councils - living just as close to the capital - will have to pay.

The ruling to grant the review was made at a sitting of the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh City Council wants to introduce a 2 charge to traffic passing through two designated zones.

It is estimated the charge would raise 760m over a 20-year period and that money would be used to fund transport improvements throughout the area.

But the three councils also challenge the ability of the scheme to allow funds to be shared with surrounding authorities.

I'm pleased that the Court of Session have recognised the strength and seriousness of the judicial review
Mike Rumney
Fife Councillor

Fife Councillor Mike Rumney, chairman of the environment and development committee, said: "Edinburgh are tying themselves in knots now.

"They have tried to delay the hearing of the judicial review before they've even made a decision at their council meeting on Thursday to either go ahead, delay or postpone their own referendum based on our legal challenge.

"I'm pleased that the Court of Session have recognised the strength and seriousness of the judicial review and welcome the decision to let the hearing go ahead in the first week of February as planned."

Midlothian Council leader Adam Montgomery accused Edinburgh City Council of "muddling" its proposals and also called for the referendum to be postponed.

Edinburgh City Council said it would not be commenting on Tuesday's decision.

The review will now be heard in the Court of Session on 3 February.

INNER CORDON ENTRY POINTS
1a. Glenogle Road
2. Brandon Terrace
4. Eyre Place
5. Cornwallis Place
6. Mansfield Place
7. East London Street
8. Leith Walk
10a. Regent Terrace
11. Regent Road
12. Calton Road
13. Canongate
14. Holyrood Road
15. St Leonard's Street
16. Clerk Street
17. Hope Park Crescent
18. Melville Drive
21. Home Street
22. Dundee Street
23a. West Approach Road (Dundee Street access)
23b. West Approach Road (Westfield Road access)
24. Dalry Road
25. Roseburn Terrace
26. Belford Road
28a. Randolph Cliff
30. Deanhaugh Street

OUTER CORDON ENTRY POINTS
1. A199 Edinburgh Road
2. A1 Musselburgh By-pass
3. A6095 Newcraighall Road
4. Whitehill Road
5. A6106 The Wisp
6. A7 Old Dalkeith Road
7. A772 Drum Street
8. Lasswade Road
9a. A701 Burdiehouse Road
9b. Southhouse Broadway
10. A702 Biggar Road
11. Dreghorn Link
12. A70 Lanark Road
13. Baberton Junction
14. A71 Calder Road
14a. Edinburgh Park South Access
15. South Gyle Broadway
16. A8 Glasgow Road
17. A90n Queensferry Road




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