by Garth Harkness on 9 March, 2020
Councillor Garth Harkness highlights recent work done by the Liberal Democrats to make life easier for Tram passengers across the network. This work comes from the Oldham Liberal Democrat motion proposed by Councillor Harkness. This is to the 18th March full council meeting, 6pm. The idea behind the scheme is to do with tax relief.
From Shaw to Manchester City Centre, an annual season ticket costs a Metrolink Tram commuter £1,154. For a bus commuter, it’s £670.
To make it easier for tram passengers in Oldham Borough, Councillor Garth Harkness and the Liberal Democrat group will urge the Chief Executive of Oldham Council to write to the Prime Minister to introduce a tax relief scheme for Tram passengers.
Councillor Harkness commented: “The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, called for a similar scheme in 2013 where employers help passengers. People who work for them would then have reduced travel costs through tax relief scheme.”
“I see no reason why the Prime Minister should not support this now in 2020, in our Northern Powerhouse.”
“We need to do everything we can to make public transport more attractive and this is one measure that can help”
Motion tabled to full council below:
Council March 18, 2020 – Notice of Opposition Business
Motion 1 – Tax relief for tramline travel
This Council notes that:
Council resolves to:
Proposed by: Councillor Garth Harkness
Seconded by: Councillor Louie HamblettLeave a comment