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Cambridge congestion charge opposed

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Nearly half of residents have rejected plans for a congestion charge in Cambridge city centre in a survey.

In the study by Cambridgeshire CC, which has submitted a£517m Transport Innovation Fund bid to the Department for Transport to tackle the congestion, 49% opposed charging.

But 55% of respondents backed the idea if all revenues were spent on improving transport in Cambridge and 59% supported charging if “attractive alternatives” were put in place, such as improved public transport.

Invest in rail and cycle network

The proposed congestion charging scheme would operate between 7.30am to 9.30am, Monday to Friday, and drivers would have to pay between£3 and£5 to enter the outskirts of Cambridge.

The council wants to use the sums raised for a new railway station, a comprehensive network of cycle and pedestrian paths and to boost rural bus services.

Keith Walters (Con), Cambridgeshire leader, described the survey results as "interesting". He said: "One of the key findings is that the vast majority of local people and our stakeholders recognise congestion is a problem and they want something done about it. It's also encouraging to see that 65% of people believe residents need to change their travel behaviour to help ease the problem."

The issue will be discussed at the council's next cabinet meeting.

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