The release of the GCP’s ‘Making Connections’ consultation last month clearly showed that the majority of local people oppose plans for a congestion charge. Residents can see that the charge would leave them worse off and without a viable travel alternative.
The GCP’s response has been to put forward three potential revisions to the scheme: limiting the congestion charge to peak times; offering drivers ‘free days’; or exempting visitors to the hospital site. These options will be debated by the Executive Board and a new proposal will be unveiled in the autumn.
The Board has itself recognised that adding exemptions to the scheme will reduce the revenue raised by the charge by a minimum of £20 million a year. I am also concerned that modifications would contribute unhelpful complexity for both road users and enforcers.
That’s why I am continuing to oppose the GCP’s plans: MP continues to oppose Cambridge congestion charge | Ely Standard