Voting on sustainable transport: communication and governance challenges in Greater Manchester's ‘congestion charge’ referendum
Sherriff, GA 2014, 'Voting on sustainable transport: communication and governance challenges in Greater Manchester's ‘congestion charge’ referendum' , Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 20 (12) , pp. 1507-1530.
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In December 2008, the Greater Manchester electorate voted to reject a £3 billion package of transport measures that would have included investment in the conurbation's bus, tram and rail networks and walking and cycling infrastructure, together with, and partially funded by, the introduction of a congestion charge. The proposals followed a successful bid to the UK Government Transport Innovation Fund (TIF). High levels of car use present challenges to cities, and the TIF bid can be seen as an attempt to address these by promoting and facilitating a modal shift. The paper reflects on the debates surrounding the proposals, which led to a referendum. In particular, it explores the challenges of communicating complex, controversial plans in a fragmented and contested political arena.
|Themes:||Built and Human Environment|
|Schools:||Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Funders:||Non funded research|
|Depositing User:||Dr Graeme Sherriff|
|Date Deposited:||29 Jan 2015 18:36|
|Last Modified:||26 Jan 2016 12:05|
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