Manchester city centre

December date for Greater Manchester C-charge vote

Michael Hunt

The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities has agreed that a public vote on the region's £2.7bn Transport Innovation Fund bid, which would include an inner congestion charging ring, will take place in December.

The Government has promised Manchester the fund, which would support expansion of the tram network, revitalisation of the bus network, extra carriages on peak-time trains and refurbished stations, if it introduces a two-ring congestion charge system with a peak-hour payment of up to £10 per day.

AGMA, made up of the region's ten councils, stated the proposed scheme would go ahead providing residents in the seven out of the ten boroughs voted in favour of the plans.

Providing public transport is improved, the proposed congestion charge ring would not be introduced until 2013.

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