Cookies at Which? We use cookies to help improve our sites. If you continue, we'll assume that you're happy to accept our cookies. Find out more about cookies

Manchester votes ‘no’ on congestion charge

City rejects plans for £5-a-day congestion charge
Manchester has rejected plans for a congestion charge

Manchester has rejected plans for a congestion charge

Plans for Britain’s biggest congestion charging scheme have been rejected by voters in Manchester, following years of political grappling.

The Greater Manchester scheme was rejected by all ten boroughs involved in Thursday’s referendum, which saw more than a million people casting their vote.

At least seven local authority districts would have needed majority ‘Yes’ votes for the plans to go ahead.

Congestion charging scheme

The result has effectively put paid to the congestion charging scheme, which would have seen drivers charged up to £5 per day for using the region’s roads. It could also have wider implications for schemes elsewhere in the country.

Graham Stringer, MP for Blackley in Manchester, a long-time opponent of the scheme, said he was delighted with the result.

‘It’s a brave politician that goes forward with such a scheme, unless it is an extraordinarily good scheme that virtually everybody benefits from.’

He added: ‘It does show there is a hostility to road charging.’

Local transport investment

Not everyone welcomed the news. The ‘Yes’ campaign – comprised largely of local firms, unions and pressure groups – had argued that the region had a once-and-for-all chance to get billions invested in local transport.

However, the ‘No’ camp said the plans were unfair, would hit the local economy, and would cost drivers up to £1,200 a year.

Manchester’s proposed charging zone would have covered about 80 square miles – making it some 72 square miles bigger than London’s.


Sign up to the Which? Car newsletter

Sign up to the Which? Car newsletter

All the latest car news

For daily consumer news, subscribe to the here.

If you have an older web browser you may need to copy and paste this link into your newsreader: . Find out more about RSS in the Which? guide to news feeds.

Which? Car email

To be kept in the loop on all the manufacturer offers and great car deals we spot each week, sign up for our Which? Car email – delivered to your inbox every Friday, and including all our latest news and first drive reviews, too.

Back to top