VOLUNTARY organisations in Bolton are holding a meeting to discuss how they would be affected if a congestion charge was introduced in Manchester.

If the congestion charge plan goes ahead, drivers will pay at peak times in two zones — one around the M60 and another in Manchester city centre.

Community groups are worried that the charge will affect volunteering, but welcome the planned improvements to public transport. The scheme will be used to fund a £3 billion investment in public transport in the region, including a £25 million bus and train interchange in Bolton, on land between Newport Street, Trinity Street and Johnson Street.

The meeting is at the Bolton Hub, Bold Street, on Wednesday, September 24, from 9.45am to noon.