Ballot papers on the Congestion Charge Referendum are now being sent out throughout Salford and the wider Greater Manchester area.
Barbara wants local people to use their vote to have a say on whether or not a congestion charge should be introduced locally.
Articles in the Salford Advertiser have highlighted a recent MORI Poll which showed that people in Salford overwhelmingly expressed negative views on the congestion charge proposals.
“I am not surprised that negative responses from Salford people in the MORI poll outnumbered positive ones by more than two to one. I have been contacted by a large number of my constituents about the proposals. If anything, the responses of my constituents have been more negative on the proposals than was reported in the MORI poll.
“People in Worsley tell me they have serious concerns about paying a congestion charge just so that they can travel to work, take their children to school, get to hospital appointments, or make any other necessary journeys. Many people feel that the public transport run by private companies, First Bus and Northern Rail, are poor and that they do not offer a realistic alternative to travelling by car.
“I have campaigned for better bus and rail services and for improvements to our local stations – particularly Walkden Station. Despite this, these private companies have made no meaningful changes. I know that local people do not believe that local public transport can improve sufficiently to offer a real alternative to the car.
“This issue is now in the hands of local people. I would urge everyone to have their say on whether or not they think a congestion charge should be introduced locally by using their vote in the ballot.”