Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara opposes congestion charging due to lack of adequate public transport

headshotBarbara has expressed her opposition to the imposition of congestion charging on her constituents following the announcement by the Government that the 10 authorities in Greater Manchester have the go-ahead to consult on a Transport Improvement Programme which would lead to congestion charging.

Barbara said:

“I have campaigned over many months to improve bus and rail services for my constituents. However, the privatised services of First Bus and Northern Rail are not serving my constituents well. We have seen many cutbacks in our bus services and our rail services are severely overcrowded.”

“Of course, I welcome the £3 billion investment for Greater Manchester announced by Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly. However, Worsley constituency will not benefit as much under the investment plans as some other areas and we will not have a link to the expanded Metrolink tram system. Given this and the current poor state of public transport for my constituents I do not think it is fair to impose congestion charges on the journeys my constituents have to make to get to work or to hospitals or other key locations.”

“There will be a consultation run about the proposals over the coming months and I want to make sure that every resident in my Worsley constituency gets a chance to have their say on these proposals.”

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