Barbara has welcomed the decisive nature of the result from Friday’s Greater Manchester Transport Referendum Ballot.
The ballot resulted in the overwhelming number of local people voting against proposals to introduce a congestion charge in Greater Manchester.
In Salford, 84 per cent of those voting opted against the congestion charge proposals with 79,326 people voting ‘No’ out of a total number 93,929 people voting. Across Greater Manchester, the results were equally decisive, with all 10 boroughs voting against the charge.
“This is a clear result. Local people from Salford and across Greater Manchester have now rejected proposals to introduce a congestion charge in Greater Manchester as part of the Transport Innovation Fund proposals.
"The scale of the vote against the proposals has surprised many but, given the poor state of our public transport services, I did not support the proposals. The proposed charge could have had a big impact on people in Worsley constituency, particularly those who have no alternative other than to make vital journeys by car during the proposed charging times.
“I felt that that people in my constituency would not support these proposals until they could see real and significant improvement in our bus and rail services and these were not on offer.
“I hope the local and transport authorities across Greater Manchester can now
work together to secure better plans for long-term investment in transport for Greater Manchester. We need a transport strategy that improves transport in each area, not just making investment in a limited number of areas for which people in other areas have to pay.”