Stockport Council has become the second local authority in Greater Manchester to officially oppose the city's planned congestion charge.

Town Hall bosses voted against the proposals following a survey in the borough which found more than two thirds of residents and three quarters of businesses did not want the charge.

Trafford Council has also opposed the plan - which could cost motorists up to £5 a day to drive into the centre of Manchester - but other local authorities including Manchester City Council have given their backing.

The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) meets today to decide whether to bid for £3 billion in government funding for public transport improvements which would pave the way for congestion charging.

Leader of Stockport Cllr Dave Goddard said: "As things stand, congestion charging for Stockport is now dead in the water.

"Let me make it crystal clear - there was overwhelming opposition to congestion charging expressed by the people of Stockport, even if there were to be more investment in public transport.

"Therefore, the leadership of this council is totally against it."

Stockport's poll of 1,000 local residents and 100 businesses was carried out by independent research company BMG and involved telephone interviews.

Bolton Council was voting in support of the move for £3 billion for transport improvements at the AGMA meeting today, but Council Leader Cllr Cliff Morris has vowed to debate further the question of congestion charging.