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Stockholm congestion charges coming back

Published fredag 10 november 2006 kl 12.31
Demonstrations were held for and against the tolls before Stockholmers voted on it in September

The city’s congestion zone will soon be back up and running, according to Sweden’s Communications Minister Åsa Torstensson.

She has announced today that the controversial system to charge motorists for driving into the capital, which was piloted last year,  will be restored during the first half of 2007.

The revenues raised will be spent on reducing congestion further in the city.

During the elections in September a referendum on the system was held, and fifty-two per cent of those in inner-city suburbs voted for it to return. But most of those in Stockholm’s commuter areas were opposed. The Centre-Right alliance, which took power following the election, also campaigned against it.

Proposals for how exactly it will work and where the money will go will be presented by March 1st, by former Stockholm Mayor, Carl Cederschiöld, who also voted no.

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