Congestion Charge Zone Expansion

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Reference: 
2004/0114
Question By: 
Angie Bray
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone

Question

Does Mr. Kiley agree that any proposal to extend the Congestion Charge westwards should guarantee that the whole of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is included within the scheme to avoid damaging the community.

Answer

Answer for Congestion Charge Zone Expansion

Answer for Congestion Charge Zone Expansion

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

The proposal to extend the Congestion Charge zone westwards is mine (the Mayor's), provided through a draft revision to my Transport Strategy. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has suggested an alternative western boundary to that proposed in the Draft Transport Strategy Revision following the West London Railway Line (WLRL), which marks the borough boundary. This alternative option poses difficulties surrounding the effective management of traffic approaching the boundary. In particular there is no high capacity or strategic road in close proximity to the WLRL that could provide a suitable main road diversion route for traffic wishing to divert around the proposed charging zone. A boundary at the WLRL would also pose serious issues for signing and would be confusing for motorists. Given the concern I cannot agree that TfL shall guarantee that the whole of the Royal Borough be included. However, I can happily agree that I will consider further any representations on this issue should or when I decide to ask TfL to carry out a public consultation on a revised Transport Strategy. .