Newspaper response to the Edinburgh congestion charging proposals

Tim Ryley, Nathalia Gjersoe

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The media has been identified as a key player in the implementation of road pricing schemes, often against a background of low public and political acceptability. A media analysis framework was applied to the Edinburgh congestion charging proposals, to investigate newspaper response to the scheme. Newspaper coverage had been highly politicised and increasingly negative over the time period leading up to the referendum in February 2005, when the proposals were rejected by Edinburgh residents. The role of newspapers in reporting and making opinion,
and the balance of positive and negative arguments towards the congestion charging proposals, are explored.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66 - 73
Number of pages8
JournalTransport Policy
Issue number1
Early online date25 Oct 2005
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006


  • media
  • transport policy
  • congestion charging
  • public opinion
  • politics


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