Opinions sought on congestion charging

RESIDENTS are to be asked their opinion on a £500million transport investment package aimed at keeping traffic moving in the city of Cambridge. Market towns including St Neots, Huntingdon and St Ives could benefit from the congestion charging in Cambridg

RESIDENTS are to be asked their opinion on a £500million transport investment package aimed at keeping traffic moving in the city of Cambridge.

Market towns including St Neots, Huntingdon and St Ives could benefit from the congestion charging in Cambridge.

A series of 23 roadshows are being staged by Cambridgeshire County Council between November 13 and February 13 to demonstrate how.

Figures show that more than 184,000 vehicles enter or leave Cambridge every day and that number is set to increase as 47,000 new homes are planned for the area by 2016.

Councillor Roy Pegram, cabinet member for environment and community services, said: "If we do nothing, traffic will grind to a halt and air quality will continue to deteriorate. That is why we want to hear people's views on our vision for a Cambridgeshire served by modern and integrated transport systems."

Improvements would include new park and ride schemes, increasing the number of rural bus services, cycleways and footpaths and major safety improvements to roads.

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INFORMATION: Roadshows will take place on Monday, November 19, from 3pm-9pm at The Priory Centre in St Neots; The Cambridge Belfry in Cambourne on Monday, November 26, from 3pm-9pm; The Commemoration Hall in Huntingdon on Thursday, January 24, from 3pm-9pm; and The Free Church in St Ives on February 13 from 4pm-9pm.

Anyone unable to make the roadshows can find out more by visiting www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/congestion