Responding to new City Hall analysis on the cost of congestion in London, Nick Bowes, Chief Executive of Centre for London said:
“Traffic congestion is bad news for London’s businesses and for Londoners’ health, and despite welcome interventions to encourage drivers to travel by other means, these latest figures suggest more needs to be done.
“The Congestion Charge, while world-leading when it was first introduced, is outdated and its effectiveness has diminished over time, particularly as it only affects those who drive through our city centre.”
“The Mayor needs to be bold and introduce a simpler, smarter and fairer system of road user charging which replaces both the Congestion Charge and the Ultra Low Emission Zone. Such a scheme would tackle congestion, improve air quality and promote travel by public transport, walking and cycling, by charging drivers by the mile. It could also play a key role in filling the hole in Transport for London’s budget.”
Notes to Editors
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