Congestion Charge Rises by 30% from Today
As of today (22nd of June 2020) the Congestion charge will rise by 30%.
Drivers will now have to pay £15 instead of £11.50.
The operational times are also extending by four hours a day (7am to 10pm) and will now apply on weekends.
The only day you wont have to pay the charge is on Christmas day.
After a temporary suspension of the charge to help drivers and key workers during the pandemic, it was reintroduced on the 18th May.
The same bailout deal which caused the reintroduction of the charge is the same is behind the sudden price hike.
Alex Williams, TfL’s director of city planning, said:
“We are already seeing a surge in traffic and need to act now to stop the city grinding to a halt.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
“I am determined to ensure that we emerge from this pandemic with a cleaner, greener and more sustainable transport system. The reality is that due to social distancing requirements public transport can only carry a fraction of the number of passengers compared to pre-pandemic levels – even when we are back to running completely full services. While capacity on the network needs to be preserved for those people who need it most, we can’t allow journeys that were previously taken on public transport to be replaced with car trips.”
Khan highlighted how TfL’s Streetspace plan has already given 19,000m2 of additional road space for walking and cycling.
Transport for London https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/congestion-charge
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