Warning of 'Nightmare Scenario' if Road Tolls are Vetoed

Proposed congestion toll urged to improve worsening traffic problems in Scottish capital...

Published: 12-Oct-2004

THE "dour attitude" in Edinburgh could wreck the city’s transport system by uniting people against congestion charging, a government expert warned yesterday.

In what David Begg described as a "nightmare scenario", he said that if the £2-a-day scheme was rejected in a local referendum next year, Edinburgh would become increasingly congested and polluted.

Mr Begg, the chairman of the Commission for Integrated Transport and a former city council transport convener, said: "There would be tinkering, the odd improvement, but there would be no trams, slower buses, growing congestion and Edinburgh would become less attractive."

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