12 December 2008
Campaign for Better Transport responded to today's rejection of the Manchester congestion charge with disappointment.
Stephen Joseph, Executive Director at Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"Those who opposed the charge will now have to say how traffic problems in our cities can be addressed. It's not possible or desirable to build enough roads for free-flowing traffic. We will need better public transport but we will need to manage demand for road traffic too if we are to tackle congestion and cut pollution. Sadly the business groups in Manchester who opposed charging want to keep people chained to their cars rather than giving them choices."