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Geoff Hoon, the Transport [and Licences to Kill] Secretary, has made it clear that Greater Manchester will lose £1.5bn in central government funding for public transport if local people don’t agree to the use of road pricing for motorists.
“There is no Plan B. I would not want people to be under any illusion about that,” said Mr Hoon, referring to the proposed Westminster-funded road pricing and public transport package in an interview with the Times. The citizens of Manchester are currently being polled in a local referendum on the plans.
“If the vote is ‘no’, there will be no central government funding,” said Mr Hoon. “There will be plenty of other cities looking to take up the opportunity if Manchester doesn’t.” (The Register)