8 Mar 2008.
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Crucial Decision on Bolton Road Pricing Referendum Due on Monday 10th
Bolton Council are set to name the date for a local referendum on road pricing that could have crucial implications for national policy.
Bolton Council are set to name the date for a local referendum on road pricing that could have crucial implications for national policy.
 
The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) are pushing for a £5 charge to drive into Manchester or the surrounding towns.
 
AGMA have been encouraged by the Government to pilot this scheme in exchange for funding for a light rail "Metro" system.
 
Their bid requires support from seven of the ten Greater Manchester councils. Trafford, Stockport and Bury have already pulled out, so now everything rests on Bolton, where all parties are now in favour of holding a referendum on the subject.
 
"There will be an extraordinary meeting of Bolton Council on March 10th at 6pm," said ABD Manchester representative Sean Corker. "They will vote on a Conservative motion to hold a congestion charge referendum on in Bolton on May 1st 2008, to coincide with the local government elections. All political parties in Bolton have voted unanimously to hold a referendum on the congestion charge in the borough and this new motion would fulfil this obligation at much reduced cost to the tax payer."
 
Manchester Against Road Tolls (MART) and the ABD support this initiative in Bolton. We believe that the principle of congestion charging should be put to a public vote as soon as possible."
 
Should the referendum go ahead, the ABD believes the rejection of a similar scheme by Edinburgh voters and the 1.8 million petition to Downing Street leave little doubt that the vote will be a resounding "NO" to AGMA's road pricing plans.

 
 
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