Elisabeth Whitebread, from the group Parents for the Cambridge Sustainable Travel Zone, believed drivers causing pollution should pay for it By Ben Schofield and Nic Rigby
BBC Politics East
A group of mothers have gathered together to support a controversial traffic scheme which could see a Cambridge congestion charge brought in.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) is proposing a £5 charge to be introduced by 2026-27.
But it has sparked opposition from shopkeepers who fear it will hit trade.
Elisabeth Whitebread, from Parents for the Cambridge Sustainable Travel Zone, said it was fair that drivers pay for the pollution their car’s produce.
The group is holding a protest meeting at Parker’s Piece in Cambridge city centre on Saturday, which was also the site of a demonstration against the charging plans in November. Cambridgeshire County Council would have final approval of any plans The charge would affect private vehicles across the whole city, including Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the rest of the BioMedical Campus, between 07:00 and 19:00 on weekdays.The plan would also see £50m of investment to expand the bus network and improved walking and cycling routes.Cambridgeshire County Council would have final approval of any plans.Ms Whitebread told BBC Politics East: "Cambridge is great place to raise children, but we need a transport system fit for the 21st Century."There are no easy answers to this sort of thing, and of cause the charges are going to come in, in a staggered way. There will be upfront investment before the charge comes in. Elisa Meschini, […]
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