Saturday, December 27, 2008

City Tories Call on Government to Revoke Compulsory Congestion Charge

Richard Normington wrote to the Labour Secretary of State for Transport, asking for the compulsory congestion charge to be dropped.

Text of the Letter

Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP
Secretary of State
Department for Transport
Great Minster House

Dear Mr Hoon,

Amendment to the Transport Innovation Fund Criteria

I am writing to ask if you will use your powers as the Secretary of State to amend the Transport Innovation Fund criteria to enable successful bids that do not include the compulsory road pricing element.

Your department’s ideological attachment to compulsory congestion charging shows that its agenda is the promotion of road pricing schemes and not closing the infrastructure gap for places like Cambridgeshire. I hope change will now be possible following the time of reflection after the Manchester vote on congestion charging.

Making this amendment would enable genuine local discussions to take place, without pre-determined outcomes based on the aim of introducing new stealth taxes.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Normington

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