Congestion scheme may be extended

Motorists in more areas in the UK could face congestion charges under a pilot scheme announced today.

Speaking at a conference of business leaders, the secretary of state for transport, Alistair Darling said “radical measures” were needed to tackle congestion and he added that he supported the development of a national road pricing scheme.

“One of the biggest threats to economic expansion we face in the next 10 to 15 years is congestion on the roads in our towns and cities,” Mr Darling told delegates. “Congestion is bad for business, frustrates motorists and hurts local economies.”

Manchester is likely to be one of the areas affected.

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