Lancashire paper forces Rochdale Council congestion charging U-turn

Lancashire paper the Middleton Guardian is celebrating after persuading Rochdale’s council leader Alan Taylor to changed his stance on the issue of congestion charging.

Initially in favour of road-use taxation, Taylor has come out in opposition to congestion charge plans and has now added his name to the petition being organised by the Guardian.

Announced at the start of 2007, proposals to implement a new toll tax around Manchester city centre will potentially cost motorists around £2,000 a year.

Since then, the Guardian has been running a “Say No to congestion charge” petition, garnering more than 2,000 signatures so far.

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