News from Caroline Russell: Mayor must speed up plans for road pricing to tackle congestion
Caroline Russell, Green Party Member of the London Assembly, has urged the Mayor of London to publish plans for a road pricing scheme as a report by transport agency INRIX reveals that London is again the sixth most congested city in the world.
Caroline Russell got the Mayor to include traffic reduction as a specific goal in his Transport Strategy and has pushed him to build more cycle routes and make walking safer and easier to enable people to get around without a car.
The Mayor has, after nearly three years in office, failed to get congestion down in London. He has an ambitious transport strategy but he won’t be able to achieve his aims for more people-friendly streets if he doesn’t fulfil the pledge he made to me in 2016 to get traffic down across London. The best way for him to do this is to charge drivers to use the roads by time of day, distance travelled and engine emissions. That way we can make our streets more pleasant for walking and cycling and clean up the air at the same time.
Road pricing is supported by the Federation of Small Businesses, London First, the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Institute of Civil Engineers and the Royal Academy of Engineering. The Mayor must publish the work he has done so far on a road pricing scheme for London as well as the plans he is working up with boroughs for workplace parking levies to deter unnecessary car trips to work.
Notes to editors
Notes to editors
1. Caroline Russell AM is available for further comment
2. The Inrix scorecard is available here: http://inrix.com/scorecard/
3. The findings of today’s INRIX report, as reported by BBC News: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-47175799
4. The Mayor gave a commitment to Caroline stating ‘I look forward to working with you to reduce traffic across London’ on 28th July 2016 in writing (see below file)