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Manchester rejects congestion charge

Date: 12 December 2008   |   Author: Tom Webster

Manchester has rejected proposals to impose a congestion-charging zone in the city.

The proposed two-tier system would have covered the whole of the Greater Manchester region and was opposed by 79% of the 1,033,000 voters.

The scheme would have seen drivers charged up to £5 for driving in and out of the city centre at peak times. The money raised would have made up part of a £2.8bn investment in public transport in the city.

An outer ring of the zone would have extended around Manchester to the M60, while the inner area would have covered the city centre.

The voters' rejection has spelt the end of the city's plans to get money from the Government's Transport Innovation Fund.