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Edinburgh dumps C-charge and transport plans


EDINBURGH's EMPHATIC vote against congestion charging this week has forced the city to shelve public transport improvements and cut road maintenance programmes.

'The largest raft of money which was for road maintenance will be lost, ' said Edinburgh city council head of transport Keith Rimmer Edinburgh voters killed off the city's congestion charging plans on Monday after 74% voted against them in a high turn out poll.

The scheme was also to have funded a tram line extension, extra bus services, three park and ride schemes and the creation of pedestrian zones.

. Rimmer said investment in road maintenance had been 'too low' in the past and needed to be increased to enhance the life expectancy of Edinburgh's roads.

'We now can't enhance our roads to the level we want, ' he said.

Of three proposed tram lines, only lines 1 and 2 will now be built.

The proposed route for line 3 connecting the city centre to the south eastern suburbs is due to be submitted to the Scottish Parliament this summer.

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