£2.8 billion Manchester Transport Boost

AA response

9 June 2008

An AA/Populus panel poll of 17,500 motorists last month showed that 67% of motorists would vote against local road charging systems if there was a local referendum. The opposition rose to 72% in the Manchester area.

Edmund King, AA president, said: "The AA Populus Panel clearly shows that a majority of motorists are still opposed to local road pricing schemes. Whilst an increase in transport investment in Manchester would be most welcome 86% of motorists do not trust government to introduce a fair system of road pricing. Motorists are suffering from record fuel prices and threats of massive increases in VED, so perhaps it is not surprising that there is little appetite for local charging schemes."

King added: "£1.5 bn is a massive potential boost for public transport and an extended metro, more stations and 120 yellow school buses would be welcome. The charging scheme should only go ahead if the statutory public consultation shows that the people of Manchester actually want the scheme. The 10 local authorities should decide on their position based on the outcome of the consultation. The AA Populus polling shows they still have a long way to go to convince the public."

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