Manchester's controversial congestion charge plans took a step closer to reality when council bosses voted to request Government funding for the project.
The 10 local authorities involved met to vote on whether to submit a bid for Government transport funding, with eight of them voting in favour of the plan.
They will now seek £1.2 billion from the Government's Transport Innovation fund to help pay the £3 billion needed to set up the scheme.
The cash will be spent on an extension to the Metrolink tram system and more investment in buses and trains in the local area.
How the scheme would work
The congestion charge would be applied according to which of two charging zones motorists entered.
The first extends from the M60 inwards and the second covers the area around the city centre.
Under current plans, entering the outer ring would cost £2 and the centre £1. Leaving either area would cost an additional £1.
Drivers would also be required to pay a deposit on an electronic tag, which will monitor journeys on the 15 main routes into the city in the busiest periods.
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