Manchester City Council seeks £3bn for road pricing system

Manchester City Council is seeking £3bn from the government to improve public transport and fund a system to charge motorists for using the roads at rush hour.

Manchester City Council is seeking £3bn from the government to improve public transport and fund a system to charge motorists for using the roads at rush hour.

The proposed Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) would expand Metrolink, improve trains and enable more and better bus services.

The changes would also help tackle climate change by cutting carbon emissions and improve air quality by reducing pollution.

Regular users of the system would be able to opt for an account. The charging system would be based on a tag-and-beacon free flowing electronic tolling system.

When the vehicle crosses the charging point, the charge is deducted from the card. Infrequent users could register for a scheme enabling them to pre-pay.

The scheme would integrate improvements to public transport and highways. These would include fares and ticketing, real-time passenger information, on-bus passenger information, passenger security and safety, and improved traffic management and control systems.

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