Plans unveiled to scrap western extension of the congestion charge

From: 247 Parking Ltd
Published: Wed Jun 02 2010

The proposed abolition of the western extension of the congestion charge has been outlined by Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, in a formal 10-week public consultation which will close on August 2.

The Conservative mayor also proposes the introduction of a "greener vehicle discount" that would exempt cars that emit 100g/km of CO2 or less and meet the "Euro V" standard for air quality, in an attempt to encourage much cleaner and more carbon efficient cars. This would be reviewed in three years to ensure that the congestion charge and environmental benefits of the scheme are being maintained.

A review of the western extension was first promised during the mayoral election in 2008. Transport for London predicts a revenue loss of £55m, and an increase in congestion and air pollutants in the west London area.

On traffic and congestion, Tfl also maintains that a number of measures will minimise problems, such as accelerated installation of computer-optimised traffic signals, the London roadworks permit scheme and continued workplace and school travel planning.

Johnson said "West London never wanted the western extension and it is right that residents there can now tell us whether this Christmas should see the end of it. The central zone still plays a useful role but it has to be administered more fairly and straightforwardly, which is why I'm delighted the proposals include changes that should mean no one need ever be fined again."

Julia Callan, MD at 24 7 Parking comments "The mayor is right to purpose removing the western extension as the majority of residents and businesses were orginally opposed to it."

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