In brief: Congestion charging necessary in Edinburgh says council

Congestion charging is necessary in Edinburgh to protect quality of life in the city, according to the city council. Andrew Burns, executive member for transport, told the inquiry into the proposed congestion charging scheme that the toll is vital to relieve increasing pressure on the capital's roads. The council plans to introduce a £2 charge as part of a two-zone scheme to help control an estimated 50 per cent increase in traffic over the next 30 years. The inquiry is expected to last ten weeks.

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