Edinburgh Council proposed a scheme involving a congestion charge of £2
for vehicles crossing an outer cordon or inner cordon during specified
proceeds from these charges were to be used to finance future transport
improvements. After lengthy discussions and some opposition, it was
agreed that the scheme would be put to the vote in February 2005.
More than 74% of those who
voted rejected the council's plan.
The turnout for the
ballot was 61.8%. There were 133,678 votes against and 45,965 in favour.
Councillor Donald Anderson,
the Leader of Edinburgh City Council, said: "The idea is now dead and
buried for Edinburgh but we are as committed as ever to further improving
our city's transport."
Tramlines 1 and 2 are
still to go ahead. These were not dependent on funding from
However, the planned
Tramline 3 from Waverley
to Newcraighall via Cameron Toll and the new Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
does not have the funding to allow it to be built.
The proposed re-opening
Waverley rail route from Edinburgh to the Scottish Borders has
received substantial funding from the Scottish Borders, so it is expected
that this will be built.