City residents overcharged on C-Charge Plan

October 5, 2007 5:58 PM

Following news that the County Council have prepared a bid for Government funding for the Cambridge congestion charge, Lib Dems in Cambridge have repeated their demand for a substantial discount for city residents.

Executive City Councillor for Climate Change and Growth, Sian Reid, said:

"I'm very concerned that there is still no mention in the County Council's plans of either a substantial discount for city residents,

which is essential, or for discounts for disabled drivers and those unable to use other modes of transport.

"It is totally unfair for Cambridge residents to be charged the same fee for driving outside their own homes while commuters do not begin to be charged until they reach the Park and Ride sites."

Councillor Reid also commented on the need for proper public consultation before any decision was made:

"I'm very relieved that the County Council has agreed that it must listen to the results of the public consultation. Putting this bid to Government must not commit Cambridgeshire to this scheme, which has not had the public discussion it needs.

Councillor Sian Reid

Cllr Sian Reid

"Cambridge needs radical solutions to improve its public transport system and I hope that the County Council will listen to the people of Cambridge and to Cambridge City Council to produce a public transport plan for the city.

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