London congestion charge zone to be halved
- The Times: London congestion charge zone slashed by Boris Johnson
The extension, covering Kensington and Chelsea and part of
Westminster, will not be removed until Spring 2010 while Mr Johnson
undertakes the legal process of rescinding the scheme. ...
Among businesses, 86 per cent supported the extension's removal. But
a separate TfL survey of a balanced sample of 2,000 Londoners showed
45 per cent in favour of keeping some form of charging in the
extension, while only 41 per cent supported removal. ...
Transport for London admitted that traffic and air pollution would
rise inside the western extension area when the charge was removed.
The number of cars entering the extension area has fallen by 30,000 a
day since the charge was introduced in February last year.
Mr Johnson plans to tackle congestion by re-phasing traffic lights to
add one or two seconds to each green phase for vehicles. Pedestrians,
however, will have to wait longer for their green phase.
See also Guardian:
Boris Johnson axes London congestion charge extension
Mayor scraps the western extension to the c-charge zone by 2010