Road charge plan for Manchester

Motorists in Manchester face the prospect of being charged for the distance they travel on busy roads in the city, under new plans announced to reduce congestion.

Under the new plans, motorists will have to pay a deposit for an electric tag for their car, which will monitor movements on 15 main roads into the city.

It will cost motoritsts £2 to enter an outer cordon around the M60 and another £1 to enter the city centre, while it will cost an additional £1 to leave each zone.

The plans are part of a larger £3 billion transport plan for Greater Manchester,

Greater Manchester is one of ten regions being considered for government funding to trial road pricing schemes, in order to get funding from the Transport Innovation Fund.

The plans will need government approval and a public consultation will be carried out on the proposals before they go before the government.

If the plans are successful, they could be in place in Manchester by 2012 and could lead to similiar schemes being introduced in England.


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