Seeks Resident's Views On Proposed Extension to Charging Zone
London (TfL) have announced the start of the public consultation on the
Mayor's proposal to extend the congestion-charging zone in central London.
The ten-week long consultation will include a leaflet drop to 3.3 million
households, 250,000 businesses and 1400 key stakeholders throughout London
asking for their comments.
The proposal is to extend the existing charging zone to include the area
to the west of the current central London charging zone, broadly bounded
by Harrow Road, Scrubs Lane, West Cross Route, Earls Court Road and Chelsea
Embankment, encompassing most of the boroughs of Westminster, and Kensington
and Chelsea. The area suffers congestion throughout the day, comparable
with that experienced in the central area.
Depending on the outcome of the consultation and subject to funding availability,
the earliest an extended scheme could be operational would be in 2006.
Key impacts of the proposal are:
1) Estimated reduction of 5-10% in traffic levels and 10-20% in
congestion with the extended
2) Improvements to public transport capacity and levels of service.
3) Additional net revenues of up to £10 million per annum
to be invested in London's transport system
Mayor Ken Livingstone said "The unprecedented success of congestion
charging over the past year has brought benefits of £50 million
to London's economy. An improved bus system, shorter and more reliable
journey times allow people who work, live and visit London to move around
far more easily.
Congestion has been cut by almost a third in the central zone, yet it
remains a problem in other parts of London. Other parts of Westminster
and most of Kensington and Chelsea are more pressing cases for congestion
charging, as their residents and businesses are subjected to congestion
throughout the day. Extending the zone would help reduce this problem
and bring yet more economic and financial benefits to London"
It is proposed that residents will receive the same discounts and exemptions
that apply in the existing central London scheme, in which all residents
are entitled to a 90% discount from the congestion charge.
The Mayor and TfL have put forward a draft revision to the Transport Strategy
to enable a possible westward extension for consultation. The Mayor
will consider all the issues raised by respondents during the various
phases of consultation, both for and against the proposal before he decides
whether or not to implement the scheme.
February 18, 2004