Tameside Conservatives have said a resounding 'NO' to the idea of introducing the congestion charge in Greater Manchester.
Plans for the con-charge were unveiled earlier this year, when the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) unveiled its bid proposals for the Labour Government's Transport Innovation Fund (TIF). The TIF bid was a one-off opportunity for a region to secure upto £1.4bn worth of Government funding for local transport, with one key condition - that the succesful region would introduce congestion charging.It was the ultimate blackmail. Having studied the TIF bid in great deal, Tameside Conservatives, and every other Conservative group in Greater Manchester, has withdrawn its support stating that the con-charge is too great a price to pay for the one-off funding.
Labour politicians state there is no viable alternative to the TIF bid and the con-charge. Yes, there is.We are demanding that the Labour Government finally delivers on the promises it has broken over the last ten years. Promises such as: The Metrolink 'Big Bang' expansion - including the extension to Ashton - which would take 5.9m cars off the roads of Greater Manchester; and,Investment in yellow school buses. Just two years ago, a bid for 160 of these successful buses was snubbed by the Labour Government.These two investments alone would dramatically reduce road congestion in Greater Manchester and Tameside - without the need for the con-charge.
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