There is no one silver bullet to solving London’s transport challenges. But there is agreement among some experts – including the Mayor himself – that London needs to develop a whole-city system of road user charging, which would be a fairer way of managing demands on finite road space and tackling congestion and pollution.
The existing Congestion Charge is not fit for purpose; it has failed to keep up with changing travel patterns and the technologies it relies on are increasingly out-of-date. Meanwhile, the introduction of much needed environmental schemes – such as the Ultra-Low Emission Zone – are set to add another layer of complexity for road users to navigate.
The Mayor’s Transport Strategy recognises that a more sophisticated road user charging system is badly needed. We need a system which reflects the impact of individual journeys, and which takes into consideration a range of environmental, economic and other factors. But little thought has been given to the practicalities of how such a system would work in the capital. This research project aims to fill that gap.
Centre for London will work with transport and environment experts, economists and a range of stakeholders to develop practical proposals for the new generation of road user charging. This research will negotiate a range of difficult questions, including:
- Technical feasibility;
- Political acceptability;
- Integration with the rest of the UK.
Through this research we will develop and test a prototype of the different stages and design of a new scheme. Our final report will be published in Spring 2019.
If you are interested in contributing to the research, please get in touch with Silviya Barrett.