The Manchester Congestion Charge is a proposed scheme of congestion pricing for Greater Manchester, a metropolitan county in North West England. Congestion pricing or congestion charges is a system of surcharging users of a Transport network in periods of peak Demand to reduce Traffic congestion Greater Manchester is a Metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 2 The metropolitan counties are a type of county-level Administrative division of England. North West England is one of the nine official Regions of England.  Unlike the current version of the London scheme, two cordons will be used, one covering the main urban core of the Greater Manchester Urban Area and another covering Manchester City Centre. The London congestion charge is a fee for some motorists travelling within those parts of London designated as the Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ The Greater Manchester Urban Area is an area of land defined by the Office for National Statistics consisting of the large Conurbation surrounding and including the Manchester City Centre is the Central business district of both Manchester and Greater Manchester, in North West England. 
It is proposed that vehicles entering the area bordered by the M60 motorway will be charged £2. Vehicles, derived from the Latin word vehiculum, are non-living Means of transport. The M60 motorway is an orbital Motorway circling Greater Manchester, a Metropolitan county in North West England. The Pound Sterling ( symbol £; ISO code: GBP) subdivided into 100 pence (singular penny) is the Currency 00 in the morning peak, with a further £1. 00 for those entering the city centre itself. In the evening, a further £1. 00 will be charged on exit of each cordon.
Although the area covered (most of central Greater Manchester) is wider than the London Congestion Charge area, charges are lower and the charging hours are much shorter. The London congestion charge is a fee for some motorists travelling within those parts of London designated as the Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ Inbound charges will apply between 7am and 9. 30am, outbound ones between 4pm and 6. 30. There will be no charge during the middle of the day, later in the evening or at the weekend. There will also be no charge for journeys against the peak flow - i. e. to leave the city in the morning or to enter it in the evening.
Payment of the charge will be via a pre-pay 'tag and beacon' system. Credit will automatically be deducted from a drivers account as they pass each of the cordons. Occasional visitors to Manchester without a pre-pay 'tag' will be able to pay via call centre or internet, although there may be a surcharge for this. It is hoped to have the scheme up and running by 2012.
The reason for introducing the charge (apart from reducing demand for road space in central Greater Manchester and congestion) is to help pay for improvements to public transport.  especially the Manchester Metrolink expansion. Manchester Metro redirects here - for the Manchester Metroshuttle free bus routes see Metroshuttle or First Manchester Manchester Metrolink 
The proposal is part of a bid to the Government’s Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) for a GB£3bn package of transport funding and the introduction of a road congestion charging system. The Transport Innovation Fund (TIF is a transport funding mechanism in England. A key aspect of the proposed Manchester Congestion Charge is in the setting up of the system, which will be paid for (GB£475m) with part of the GB£3 billion grant from the TIF. GB£1. 8 billion of this would be in the form of a loan which the revenue from the charging scheme will be used to pay back over a 30 year period. A loan is a type of Debt. This article focuses exclusively on monetary loans although in practice any material object might be lent In business revenue or revenues is Income that a company receives from its normal business activities usually from the sale of goods and services After this period all congestion charge revenues will revert to central Government.
Some members of organisations which oppose the charge have speculated that a second phase of the scheme may entail satellite based vehicle tracking in which drivers would pay for exactly the number of miles they travel, which may vary by time and place. These proposals do not form part of the TIF bid, and no indication has been made as to when, or even if, they will ever be introduced.
It has been proposed that the Manchester scheme charge motorbikes at a lower rate than cars, as they do not contribute to congestion to the same extent as cars. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority Chairman Roger Jones stated that this was under consultation. 
The Manchester Evening News newspaper conducted a telephone survey to gauge public support for a congestion charging scheme. The survey posed several questions, two of which directly asked if respondents were in favour of congestion charging. The results were mixed, with around two thirds of respondents thinking that congestion charging was not "a good idea" but a slim majority in favour of congestion charging in Manchester as part of the proposed public transport improvement scheme in Manchester's Transport Innovation Fund bid.
- "Do you think congestion charging is a good idea": Yes - 36%; No - 64%
- "Is congestion charging a price worth paying to get £1bn Government cash to improve public transport in the region – including the expansion of the Metrolink to Ashton under Lyne, Oldham and Rochdale, as well as South Manchester and Manchester Airport?": Yes - 55%; No - 44%
A "Green Survey" conducted by the same news paper month later with an assistant of "Manchester is my planet", a green group funded by the council which tried to introduce the congestion charge, shows that two thirds of the region back the congestion charge. The neutrality of the later survey has been questioned. One side is headed by a coalition of campaign groups known as Clean Air Now (CAN).  while the other side is headed by campaign group known as Manchester Against Road Tolls (MART).
MART stated that they did not believe the public was consulted properly and that the information provided by supporters of the charge was biased and insufficient.  MART have started a legal petition calling for a referendum on a directly elected Mayor who would lead Bury council and be able to withdraw Bury's support from the scheme. The Metropolitan borough of Bury is a Metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester, in the northwest of England. This required 5% of the Bury electorate to sign the petition, 7,099 people.  Some councillors for Bury have called for a referendum directly on the congestion charge.  MART have launched similar petitions in the other 7 districts of Greater Manchester that are supporting the TIF bid.  MART have established a branch in Tameside after gauging the level of opposition to the scheme in the area through the online petition.  Members are involved in local campaigns, including petitioning and raising public awareness.
The proposals were voted on at a meeting of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities on July 27, 2007 in Dukinfield, Tameside. The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities ( AGMA) is an association which represents the ten Local authorities of Greater Manchester, a Metropolitan Events 1214 - Battle of Bouvines: In France, Philip II of France defeats John of England. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Dukinfield is a small town within Tameside, in Greater Manchester, England. The Metropolitan Borough of Tameside is a Metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester in North West England. 
AGMA took only 45 minutes to give congestion charging the go-ahead by eight votes to two, with Stockport and Trafford borough councils the only opponents. Prior to this meeting, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council had held their own consultations to gauge public support. Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council is the Local authority for the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, Greater Manchester, England. The Metropolitan Borough of Trafford is a Metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester, England After the Stockport survey found that 67% of residents and 78% of businesses in the borough did not support the proposed road charges they announced on 26 July 2007 that they would be voting no at the meeting of AGMA the following day. Stockport ( is a large town in Greater Manchester, England. It lies on elevated ground on the River Mersey at the influx of the rivers Goyt  Trafford announced on July 23, 2007 that they would also vote against the congestion charging proposals. Events 1632 - Three hundred colonists bound for New France depart from Dieppe France. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.  On the 12 December 2007, Bury Metropolitan Borough Council voted to withdraw its support for the congestion charge, bringing to seven for, three against. Events 627 - Battle of Nineveh: A Byzantine army under Emperor Heraclius defeats Emperor Khosrau II 's Persian Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.  As of January 2008 seven of the local authorities in Greater Manchester support the scheme.  Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council are now planning to hold on a vote on continuing their support for the plans. The Metropolitan Borough of Wigan is a Metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester, in North West England. 
Labour is strongly in favour of the congestion charge having proposed the idea through the Labour controlled GMPTE. The Labour Party is a Political party in the United Kingdom. Founded at the start of the 20th century it has been since the 1920s the principal party of the The Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive ( GMPTE) is the public body ( Passenger Transport Executive) responsible for co-ordinating Public transport It has faced a mixed reaction from the Liberal Democrats with Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (which is controlled by the Liberal Democrats) rejecting the Manchester Congestion Charge, yet many Manchester City Liberal Democrats have spoken out as being in favour of the congestion charge and Liberal Democrat controlled Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council voted in favour. The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal Political party in the United Kingdom, formed in 1988 by merging the The only party to reject the congestion charge is the Conservatives who control Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council. The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is a Political party in the United Kingdom. 
In the United Kingdom local elections, 2008 Roger Jones, the Labour chairman of the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, was pushed into third place in Irlam, Salford. The 2008 United Kingdom local elections were held on May 1, 2008. The Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive ( GMPTE) is the public body ( Passenger Transport Executive) responsible for co-ordinating Public transport Irlam is a town within the Metropolitan borough of the City of Salford, in Greater Manchester, England. His seat was won by the Community Action Party, which ran a campaign based on opposition to the £5 daily peak period congestion charge that was proposed by Mr Jones. The Community Action Party is a British Political party mostly active in Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.
In a speech to the House of Commons on Monday 9 June 2008, Minister for Transport, Ruth Kelly, gave Manchester's TIF bid the government's approval. The House of Commons is the name of the elected Lower house of the Bicameral Parliaments of the United Kingdom and Canada. Events 53 - Roman Emperor Nero marries Claudia Octavia 62 - Claudia Octavia commits 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Ruth Maria Kelly (born 9 May 1968 is a British politician, currently Member of Parliament for the Bolton West Constituency representing She also announced that the DfT would be giving Manchester £1. 5 billion, £300 million more than AGMA had requested. This means that less money will have to be borrowed as a loan. 
A number of specific projects will be funded from the scheme. These include extensions of the Manchester Metrolink to Oldham town centre, Rochdale town centre, East Didsbury, Ashton under Lyne, the Trafford Centre and Manchester Airport. Manchester Metro redirects here - for the Manchester Metroshuttle free bus routes see Metroshuttle or First Manchester Manchester Metrolink Oldham is a large town in Greater Manchester, England It lies amongst the Pennines on elevated ground between the rivers Irk and Medlock Rochdale is a large Market town in Greater Manchester, England Ashton-under-Lyne (pop 43200 is a Market town in the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside, Greater Manchester, England The Trafford Centre is a large indoor shopping centre located in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford in Greater Manchester, England Manchester Airport is a major Airport in the vicinity of Manchester, England, and the largest airport in the United Kingdom outside the A second line through the city centre will also be built. In total 35km of new lines are planned. The line to Stockport, however, will not be funded. Stockport ( is a large town in Greater Manchester, England. It lies on elevated ground on the River Mersey at the influx of the rivers Goyt A Bus Rapid Transit system will run along the Oxford Road corridor and between the city centre and Bolton and Leigh. Bus rapid transit ( BRT) is a broad term given to a variety of transportation systems that through improvements to infrastructure vehicles and scheduling attempt to use Bolton ( is a large town in Greater Manchester, in the North West region of England. This should reduce journey times by providing more segregation from other traffic. A fleet of american-style yellow school busses will be introduced. More than 30 rail stations will be uprgraded, in addition to extra carriages for the busiest rail services. GMPTE also plans to introduce a smartcard ticketing system, similar to London's Oyster Card. The Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive ( GMPTE) is the public body ( Passenger Transport Executive) responsible for co-ordinating Public transport The Oyster card is a form of electronic ticketing used on public transport services within the Greater London area of the United Kingdom. 8 new transport interchanges will also be built across Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester is a Metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 2 The Government has confirmed that most, if not all, of these improvements will be in place before the congestion charge is imposed.