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Road survey backs charging

EIGHTY PER CENT of Edinburgh residents support road user charging to fund city transport improvements, the Scottish city council reported last week.

A report, based on a recent consultation exercise, has shown that congestion charging was by far the most popular option of three transport funding plans presented.

More than 18,000 responses showed that 58% supported congestion charging, 22% workplace charging and 15% existing funding.

Among businesses, 51% supported road user charging, 18% workplace charging and 24% existing funding.

An interim report on the findings was presented to the second meeting of the Charging Development Partnership between local authorities interested in charging and the Government's Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

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