Barbara has welcomed news that the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA), the organisation representing all 10 Greater Manchester councils, may now agree to hold a county-wide referendum on whether to introduce a congestion charge in Greater Manchester.
Barbara has been calling for her Worsley constituents to have their say on the proposals since the first announcement of the plans was made.
“Constituents in Worsley will be directly impacted by these proposals – whether it be when driving to work, taking children to school, visiting the local hospital, visiting friends or going shopping. So it is only fair and right that they are given a chance to have their say. I welcome the chance to open up the debate to communities like those in Worsley who will be most affected.
“People have told me that they are genuinely concerned the congestion charge proposals – particularly at the prospect of being charged when visiting Salford Royal Hospital or any other hospital within the charging zone.
“I do not believe that local people should have to pay to make local journeys – especially if there is no adequate public transport available. Worsley is badly served by public transport. Rail services in Walkden are severely overcrowded and First Bus has made big cuts in local bus services. Whilst I welcome the £3 billion investment into transport infrastructure, this money will not go towards making much-needed improvements in Worsley.
“Clearly the introduction of congestion charging will affect a large number of people. A referendum on the proposals will give the people of Worsley constituency a chance to have their say. It is important that the debate is opened up here and that local people are able to put their concerns forward to AGMA. However, if the issues I have raised are not addressed, it is unlikely people in Worsley will support the proposals.”