Approximately two million people were asked to decide on a peak time road charge to open up a 2.8 billion transport investment. The majority of voters in all the regions ten boroughs voted against the plans. Only twenty one percent were in favour of the charge.
The failed plan aimed to create the biggest road congestion zone in the UK charging up to £5 a day to drive into the city centre. The resounding no vote will effectively cause more disarray for attempts to introduce national road pricing and discourage other local authorities pursuing a congestion charge option.
Yes campaigners conceded that people failed to grasp what the £2.75bn planned investment would mean for local transport. A yes vote could have lead to a central government grant of £1.5bn from the Transport Innovation Fund.
The results shows there is a hostility to road charging and if the public were to consent to road pricing in this country then other road taxes would have to be reduced.