Below is a collection of letters sent to CambridgeshireLive and the Cambridge News on the congestion charge.
We’re publishing readers views today in light of the results of a public consultation being made available.he online consultation was filled out by more than 24,000 people, and asked questions on proposals for a Sustainable Travel Zone (STZ) in Cambridge – the survey closed in December 2022.
You can write a letter of your own to us by filling in the simple form below.
The proposed Cambridge congestion charge is really an access charge
To pay for the intended increase in the number of inner city buses, the authorities need drivers to continue to drive into the city and pay the £5.
If notice was taken of the ‘congestion charge’ and drivers stopped driving in, the city council would lose about £6m from non-use of the multi-storey car parks and on-street parking. How would the extra buses be paid for?
City dwellers who have to drive out of the city will get charged when they return home.
I’m not convinced that this has been thought through.
There are always unforeseen consequences, but those mentioned here are all foreseen.
Remember, this is an access charge that affects city and non-city dwellers.
Can you imagine being permitted onto a P&R bus having been to a DIY store and you have a bag of sand and a bag of cement under each arm!
Unfortunately this is all proposed by a non-elected group of people.
No referendum over city charge is appalling
The decision to refuse the people of the Cambridge area a referendum on the proposed congestion charge is absolutely appalling and arrogant.
It’s clear to the majority of residents that this charge will very likely kill the commercial centre of Cambridge and inflict untold misery to folk who cannot afford to live in Cambridge and staff our hospital with other key services.
The upcoming local elections will be a golden opportunity to express our opinion on the
so-called Cambridge Greater Partnership.
Queen Edith’s Way, Cambridge
County council always favoured a car tax
Despite a petition carrying over 15,000 signatures, the arrogant county council has decided that the £5 a day car tax is too complicated for us ordinary folk to understand and must be dealt with by them with no public referendum.
It has long been obvious that the council officers favour a car tax and they must be delighted that they have a malleable bunch of comparatively inexperienced councillors who can be persuaded to do as they’re told. This will come as no surprise to all the people who have been fighting to keep Mill Road Bridge open.
The county council didn’t like the result of the first opinion poll, so they simply ignored it.
The only polls they would consider are those they administer themselves and can manipulate the results if necessary.
At one time National Labour Party Standing Orders expressly forbade local Labour Groups from forming any kind of local political alliances. I wonder if such a Standing Order still exists?
Ditchburn Place, Cambridge
People will become prisoners in their own homes
The congestion charge in Cambridge would impact the very moral of society by penalising hard working people going about their business as well as the elderly, the sick and disabled and could impact on their care needs as carers often come by car and they do not earn much to start with.
It’s a bad idea as people will be penalised living in south Cambridgeshire where rural buses are limited by an hour or there is no service. Even if bus companies are given a helping hand with government funding, eventually they will seriously have to look at their budgets as petrol, and maintaining their buses will question whether it is viable.
Plus having more buses on the road – will this really stop pollution? I think not, People will become prisoners in their own homes because no one will want to buy properties in Cambridge and the surrounding areas because of a stealth tax.
Thoughtful Person Comberton
Cambridge has the biggest divide between wealth and poverty
Please continue to share full details of the proposed congestion charge. I primarily work from home, but sometimes have to drive to Chelmsford for work. I also tend to use my car to do my food shopping on my lunch break.
Why should I be expected to pay £5 to travel out of Cambridge? Why should I have to pay £5 to do a food shop where my time is limited? (No direct bus service is available, but also unrealistic option given limited time shopping during lunch break).
I work a full time job and also have an evening part time job just to survive. I actually consider myself one of the ‘lucky ones’, but the charge will most definitely have a detrimental impact on myself and quality of life.
My biggest fear is actually for working families already on the breadline who rely on their cars. The petition for a vote on the congestion charge signed by over 15000 people has been rejected….. how is this being allowed to happen?
Cambridge has the biggest divide between wealth and poverty. So many people still do not understand the extent of the proposed congestion charge.. My work colleagues who live out of Cambridge have said they will avoid visiting Cambridge, they also were under the impression that those living within the zone would be exempt from the charge.
Please keep sharing details of the proposed congestion charges. A lot has been highlighted regarding impact on business. Please, if possible speak to working families and give them a voice.
As it stands, so much information is being hidden from those who will be detrimentally effected. As our local news source, you really our our voice that can help us as a community be heard.