Barbara Keeley MP

LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara predicts No vote on unfair scheme for congestion charging

277Barbara believes the planned referendum over the proposed congestion charge will result in a vote against congestion charging.

The leaders of all 10 Greater Manchester authorities have agreed to hold a public referendum on the issue, with a vote likely to be held in December. Residents of Salford and all other council areas in Greater Manchester will get to vote Yes or No to one question in the referendum - the wording of which is yet to be agreed.

Barbara welcomed the referendum, as she has been campaigning for her Worsley constituents to have a say on the proposals:

“In a poll which is taken separately in each of the ten local council areas, there only needs to be four “no” results out of ten for the proposals to be defeated. For the proposals to succeed, there would need to be a minimum of seven ‘yes’ results across the ten council areas and this seems unlikely. My constituents have been telling me that they are very concerned about the congestion charge because there are no satisfactory public transport alternatives for them to make journeys to work or to other vital locations.”

Barbara said:

“I have been concerned about these proposals from the start as there is very little gain for my constituents in terms of improvements to public transport. I think it would be very difficult for the council and transport leaders to convince people in my constituency that they should pay the proposed road charges when the investment and improvements to public transport benefit other areas of Greater Manchester much more. There is a basic unfairness at the heart of this scheme.”

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