Sunday, 8 June 2008

Congestion Charging Manchester

Plans are for a two-ring scheme, charging up to £5 to enter the city centre at busy times after 2013. The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA), which has proposed the scheme, said no congestion charge would be brought in before "significant improvements" had been made to bus, tram and rail services. The proposed public transport improvements would include:
· Metrolink extension to Manchester Airport and the Trafford centre
· Second Metrolink route across Manchester city centre
· Priority for buses on several major roads
· Extra carriages for rail services
· Stations to become "interchanges", linking into other types of transport

Under the congestion charge, drivers would pay a deposit for an electric tag, which would trigger charges on journeys into the city in the morning and evening rush periods.
Watch out for news of the decision Monday 9th June.

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