Congestion Charge

Meeting: 
MQT on 2000-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Reference: 
2000/0409
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Budget Committee has been advised that you intend to spend £ 64 million in the next financial year on `congestion charge:introduction" while at the same time `Road and bridge maintenance to continue at levels significantly below current expenditure".

Do you regret having to slash maintenance of London's main roads to pay for the setting up of the systems to run the congestion charge?

How much will you spend on setting up the congestion charge in the years after the financial year 2001-2002?

What was the provision of spending on road and bridge maintenance during 2000/01 and what percentage fall do you expect in this expenditure in 2001-2002 ?

Answer

Answer for Congestion Charge

Answer for Congestion Charge

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Because of the way the TfL budget next year is structured, the funding for setting up the Congestion Charging Scheme is entirely new money and has not been found at the expense of road maintenance or of any other project. I regret that next year will see a small reduction in spending on road and street maintenance, but I anticipate that this will be redressed in future years. The predicted budget for the setting up of the congestion charging scheme is £250m. This can be broken down for the next three financial years:

? 2001/02 £64 million ? 2002/03 £89 million ? 2003/04 £97 million ? Total £250 million

A more detailed budget for all elements of the congestion charging scheme is being developed in parallel with working up the scheme concept.

The total budget for all road maintenance of Transport for London Roads this year is £77.5m; the comparable figure for 2001/02 will be £65m or £66m.