Congestion charge extension rejected
A proposal by the government to extend the London Congestion Charge Zone to include the North and South Circular roads has been rejected by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a significant fall in revenues for Transport for London (TfL) due to a sustained drop in the number of people using public transport, leading to negotiations about a government bailout.
A proposal by ministers to extend the Congestion Charge Zone to the North and South Circular roads would have seen more than four million Londoners, many of them motorcyclists, become subject to the £15-a-day charge as well.
However, the proposal has been rejected and an alternative solution of raising TfL fares in January was reached instead.
Commenting, Mr Khan said: “I am pleased that we have succeeded in killing off the very worst government proposals... These proposals from the government would have hammered Londoners by massively expanding the congestion charge zone, scrapping free travel for older and younger Londoners and increasing TfL fares by more than RPI+1. I am determined that none of this will now happen."