The funds generated from a road charge are strictly regulated by law and can only be spent on transport infrastructure.
The GCP estimates that the road charge could generate approximately £50 million per year. This money would be used to make the most of the space gained by reducing motor traffic in the city by an estimated 50%. It is proposed to be spent on:
- transforming the bus network;
- building new infrastructure for cycling;
- upgrading walking infrastructure;
- revamping highways;
- enhancing the public realm.
Although the Sustainable Travel Zone proposal comes from the Greater Cambridge Partnership, the income generated would go to Cambridgeshire County Council, as the highways authority. This means the transport funding could potentially be used anywhere in the county, not just in the Greater Cambridge area.