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BIRMINGHAM CITY CENTRE CAR BAN 'FLAWED'

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Council proposals to discourage cars from the centre of Birmingham could cost millions in lost revenue, thousands o...
Council proposals to discourage cars from the centre of Birmingham could cost millions in lost revenue, thousands of jobs and wreck the property market, claims property company Lambert Smith Hampton.

The Birmingham Post reports (p29) that the Liberal Democrats suggest that a car pricing scheme would result in the loss of up to 20,000 city centre jobs.

The company said an exodus of that size would lead to a reduction in the amount of office space required which would, in turn, dent the amount of rates income the council collects.

The solution was for the city council to take a lead role in co-ordinating and implementing a transport policy.

'Many motorists would gladly swap their cars for a viable alternative if it is sufficiently attractive', said a company director.
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