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London congestion charge zone to be halved

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  • Erik Sandblom
    The Times: London congestion charge zone slashed by Boris Johnson http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article5244993.ece The extension, covering
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      The Times: London congestion charge zone slashed by Boris Johnson
      http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article5244993.ece
      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
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/nov/27/congestioncharging-
      london
      Mayor scraps the western extension to the c-charge zone by 2010
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