Cambridge abandons congestion charge plans

The leader of Cambridge City Council has announced Plans to charge drivers to use roads in Cambridge will not go ahead.

The BBC reports that the Labour Group on the council has voted to withdraw support for the proposals because of the “impact on low income families”.

Its move follows concerns raised by Liberal Democrats in Cambridgeshire.

Councillors were expected meet on Thursday to discuss a £5 charge to drive into or around the city in peak times.

The BBC quotes Labour leader of Cambridge City Council Mike Davey as saying there were parts of the proposals his group supported but others it did not, and that “rug was pulled” after the Liberal Democrats said they had further concerns.

In July the Transport Secretary called for a rethink of the plans.

The BBC says that, when asked how “dead” the plans were, Mr Davey said: “They are not going to go ahead. There were bits we liked and bits we remained concerned about. Sustainable travel has not gone away – something is going to have to happen. Something will have to go ahead because we have a problem with congestion in this city, which is only going to get worse.”

(Picture – Greater Cambrige Partnership)


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