Extension of the Congestion Charge Zone

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Reference: 
2006/0492
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

Please can you provide me with the full details of all the measures that will be put in place to alleviate the impact of the extension of congestion charge zone?

Answer

Answer for Extension of the Congestion Charge Zone

Answer for Extension of the Congestion Charge Zone

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

It is anticipated that the overall impact of the western extension to the Congestion Charging scheme will be significantly positive. In fact, reduced congestion within the extension is expected to result in £60-90 million worth of time-saving and other benefits annually. TfL is investing in public transport, traffic management and parking controls to compliment the scheme. In addition a public information campaign is explaining how the scheme will work and encouraging those who will be affected to act, for example, residents of the extension to apply early for their 90% residents' discounts.

TfL is enhancing local bus services. Existing routes are being upgraded to run at increased frequency and capacity and a new north-south route will commence operation in December.

TfL has made modifications to traffic signals on the boundary routes to enable real-time traffic management around the zone boundary. This will ensure we accommodate the changes to traffic patterns that will result around the zone.

TfL's experience in implementing the central London congestion charging scheme was that the scale of negative effects due to displaced traffic and parking outside the congestion charging zone was much smaller than had been feared by some. However, we have been working with nearby boroughs to develop schemes to ensure that the extension does not result in adverse impacts from displaced traffic or increased pressure on on-street parking as a result of the extended zone. A number of such schemes, which include changes to parking arrangements, are being funded by TfL

In order that London residents and businesses, as well as visitors, are aware of the February implementation and operational details of the extension, a public information campaign was launched on 19 October 2006. Leaflets have been also delivered to residents in the extension and the area immediately surrounding the zone, to businesses along the Edgware Road free through route as well as elsewhere within the zone and a door drop will be taking place in January targeting 2.7m households within London.

From October 2006, TfL has allowed residents of the area of the extension to register for a 90% discount to the Congestion Charge although the extension will not come into force until 19 February 2007. It is hoped that this will result in manageable levels of applications for discount status in the period immediately before the extension goes live. TfL has also waived the £10 administration fee for Blue Badge holders registering for the discount until 19 January 2007.