“Many people living in Chorley work in Manchester and I think we should have our say on the proposed congestion charge.” That is the comment made by Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle following his efforts to persuade Manchester City Council to extend its consultation process on the proposed congestion charge.

Currently people in Greater Manchester are being consulted but Mr Hoyle wants to see this extended.

He said: “Manchester is a thriving city and people travel on a daily basis to work in the city.

"In addition many people go to Manchester for leisure purposes making it a well used centre for people who live in the Chorley area.

“The congestion charge would have a significant impact on commuters and with trains already overcrowded it is difficult to see how people will be able to find an alternative to using their car.

“Given this I think we should be able to contribute to the debate currently taking place and I want to see people who live in districts surrounding Greater Manchester be consulted before any decision is taken.”