More congestion charges 'to fail'

Congestion charging along the lines of the London model is unlikely to be introduced in any other towns and cities, according to a poll.

Research by insurance company Admiral found that only a third of motorists would use their car less if the charging scheme was brought to their home town.

Out of the 2,667 adults polled, fewer than a quarter thought congestion charging should be rolled out to other cities.

Edinburgh and Manchester have already had referendums about bringing in the charge and the outcome was "no". Other councils are also currently considering the schemes.

In Northern Ireland the picture was different, with 42% backing the scheme, while people in the north west of England were least keen, with only 13% agreeing with the charge.

The survey, conducted by YouGov for Admiral, also found that 20% of people polled would consider moving house to get away from a congestion zone.

Sue Longthorn, Admiral's managing director, said: "Several UK cities and regions are considering introducing congestion charging including Bristol, the West Midlands and Tyneside. Our research suggests if there was a referendum, residents would vote against it, as people in Manchester and Edinburgh have already done."

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