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It's a no: the votes have been counted
Greater Manchester votes NO!
The people of Greater Manchester have delivered a resounding ‘NO!’ to plans to introduce a congestion charge alongside £2.7 billion of investment in public transport . Find out what the region has rejected:
The NO vote (%)
The result of the Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) referendum was announced at Manchester Central (G-Mex) shortly after midday on Friday 12 December 2008.
On the table was £1.5bn of government investment in public transport with the opportunity to borrow £1.2bn to be paid back through a weekday-only, peak time only congestion charging scheme.
NO: to a congestion charge
The results announced by the returning officer Sir Neil MacIntosh revealed that an overwhelming majority of voters in all ten of the region's ten boroughs had voted against the controversial plans.
It means the application for government TIF cash will NOT go ahead.
This is what Greater Manchester has rejected along with the congestion charge:
- An increase in bus services in Greater Manchester;
NO: to expansion of Metrolink
- Expansion of the network with 41 new stops and 20 miles of additional track;
- More rail carriages with capacity for 3,000 extra passengers in the morning peak;
Yellow school buses:
- 180 new yellow school buses;
NO: to more school buses
- 125 miles of cycle routes;
Other passenger improvements:
- Improved connections allowing people to change more easily between buses, trams and trains;
Park and ride:
- Metrolink park and ride sites at Ashton Moss, Ashton West, Sale Water Park, Shaw and Crompton and close to the Trafford Centre;
last updated: 12/12/2008 at 16:13