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Government offers £18M sweetener for firm plans

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TWENTY-FIVE local authorities have shared an £18M sweetener from the Government to come up with concrete congestion charging proposals.

This is on top of the Local Transport Plan settlement and is intended to encourage councils to bring firm proposals to the Charging Development Partnership to be chaired by Transport Minister Lord MacDonald.

Local authorities have been asked to specify how they intend to use the money before the funds are released.

Letters sent by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions to local authorities state: 'Before releasing these resources, we would like you to identify how the additional allocation would be spent. We would be grateful if you could [make] your proposals by 28 January 2000.'

The councils are: Birmingham City, Bolton, Bristol, Bury, Cambridge, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Dudley, Durham, Hampshire, Leeds, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Oldham, Reading, Rochdale, Salford, Sandwell, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Walsall, Wigan and Wolverhampton.

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