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Congestion charging

News - The question

Last week London mayor Ken Livingstone confirmed that the congestion charge will be extended to parts of west London. Would you want such a scheme near you?

I think it is a good idea but can only work in cities of a certain size due to infrastructure costs and in cities where commuter/ business traffic is high as opposed to visiting/tourism traffic.

So it is definitely not for Truro!

Rob Andrew, 40, policy manager, Cornwall To become elected, and indeed to stay in office, politicians rely heavily on advice from such accountants as Dr Beeching.

The motorcar is a mass transit system, but it has ended up as a mass of individuals fighting for space. We now have to deal with it in the way the medical profession has to use pain killers - as an interim measure when it is not possible to deal with the cause of the pain straight away. In other words, congestion charges are likely to apply to other places than Central London in the near future.

Dennis Gedge, consulting engineer, Devon Congestion charging should be introduced into cities as long as the revenues are re-invested in public transport infrastructure.

If this was the case I would support it in my city of Leeds.

John Bradley, 43, project manager, Leeds Congestion charging is a classic example of authorities seeking to solve a problem through punitive selective taxation rather than having a positive vision of how to improve public transport provision to encourage its use.

Business and residents within the existing and newly proposed zones appear to be strongly against the proposal. So I would not want to blight any city with congestion charging.

Mat Toy, 40, principal engineer South East Yesterday on the train to Waterloo, I overheard the following: 'Oh, I had to wait ages for the RAC, but I suppose it was their busiest time of day. I absolutely hate going by public transport.' London is the bestconnected city in the world with highly advanced networks by Tube, bus and even river taxi, for goodness' sake. There is just no need to use a car in London. If one wants to, that is a different matter but then one must be prepared to pay for it.

David Cormie, civil and structural engineer, Cheshire (with occasional London visits) I would support encouraging people to switch to buses and trains but I would prefer a carrot, incentive based approach by subsidising fares and improving service. It seems strange that a socialist should base his rationing strategy purely on cost.

The business man in his Bentley will not care about a few pounds but for those in low paid jobs for whom public transport is not convenient it could mean it is no longer worth working. So although I get the bus to work I do not want congestion charging.

John Park, senior engineer, Glasgow Congestion charges in town will force companies to relocate to rural business parks. Do I want it in Bristol and Bath- Yes - because I work in one of those rural business parks so it would be free for me!

Andrew Worby, 56, civil engineer/solicitor, Bristol/Bath As a resident of Edinburgh I was very glad to see the back of its poorly conceived congestion charging proposal.

Kenneth Brown, 33, structural engineer, Edinburgh

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