Next generation road user charging

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for purpose; it has failed to keep up with changing travel patterns and the technologies it relies on are increasingly out-of-date.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;
  • Future-proofing;
  • 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.


This project has been generously supported by

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