A controversial idea to introduce congestion charging in the Welsh capital has triggered a tweet-a-tweet.
Coun Berman questioned whether there was any support for the idea, tweeting: “Do you detect support for charging to drive in inner suburbs, hiking parking charges and removing traffic from Castle St?”
The congestion charge zone would stretch from south of the A48 to Cardiff Bay and from Culverhouse Cross in the West to where the A4232 joins the A48 in the East.
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The Civic Society, chaired by Peter Cox, responded on Twitter to Coun Berman: “CCS detects profound desire to tackle the city’s problems positively for future generations in carbon zero city.”
Coun Berman then accused the society of wanting to build a road through Bute Park, which drew a response from the society about the new bridge which was built into the park.
The Civic Society posted: “for the record Cardiff CS opposed the building of your £1.2M bridge and road for 40tonne lorries in Bute Park.”
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The congestion charge idea and a proposal to make the city centre completely car-free have drawn a mixed response both online and offline.
Commenters on yourCardiff – the WalesOnline community site for Cardiff – questioned how it could work.
Andy Davies said: “I work in Llandaff and live in Culverhouse Cross, I cycle when possible but the only road I can take is the A48 which is a dual carriageway. I used to ride my bike in London so am used to city riding and I find cycling in Cardiff intimidating. There needs to be a lot of investment in public transport and cycle lanes before any congestion charge can be introduced.”
Conservative group leader David Walker gave his response to the green paper from the Civic Society.
He said: “In principle the ideas for a metro scheme and M4 relief road are worth exploring further. They would require WAG support and funding. The aim of reducing carbon emissions is also laudable and achievable.
“I am sceptical about introducing road charging in a medium sized city like Cardiff. I believe there would be huge resistance from citizens and it would greatly limit people’s travel flexibility. A metro scheme and relief road would, in themselves, reduce congestion without the need for charging.”
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