Congestion Charge to rise by 15 per cent

Congestion/Emissions Camera
6 Jan, 2014 4:19pm Joe Finnerty

TfL says capital's Congestion Charge could be increased in June

THE Congestion Charge in London is set to rise by 15 per cent in June. Transport for London (TfL) expects to generate an extra £84 million by the end of 2017/18 through the increase.

The proposals would see the standard daily charge for driving in the capital rise from £10 to £11.50. While those using the autopay system would have to pay £10.50 rather than £9.

The fee for paying the day after would rise to £14 from £12 while London residents would also have to fork out more.

The department is currently consulting on the increases – the first since 2011 – with a report due before London Mayor Boris Johnson in March.

If approved, the price hike would come into force in June with the extra revenue invested into London’s transport.

AA president Edmund King said congestion in the capital was well above pre-charge levels and an increase now would hit the recovering economy.

"This proposed hike in the congestion charge underlines what every London driver knows - that the charge is nothing to do with congestion or CO2 and everything to do with cash, in effect a tax,” he added.

Other proposed changes to the Congestion Charge include introducing direct debits for autopay customers and an automatic refund system for NHS staff and patients. 

Garrett Emmerson, TfL's surface transport chief operating officer, said: “We are keen to hear what Londoners and motorists have to say about the proposed changes to the scheme.

"The proposed changes will ensure the charge remains an effective deterrent to making unnecessary journeys in central London."

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