Congestion in London (Supplementary) [5]

Session date: 
February 21, 2006
Question By: 
Peter Hulme Cross
Organisation: 
One London Party
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Let us refer to a report which might be a bit closer to your heart, namely, an official report into the western extension that has been done by TfL. That report says that there could be a net shift of car-borne custom to shops and other facilities outside the extension zone. Are we not in the extraordinary position where there could be no improvement in the congestion, no profit from the scheme, and a loss of business? In other words: a lose, lose, lose scenario.

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Answer for Congestion in London (Supplementary) [5]

Answer for Congestion in London (Supplementary) [5]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No, we are creating the western extension congestion charge because it will enable a larger part of central London to have less congestion, less atmospheric pollution, fewer accidents, improved public bus speeds. The overall benefit to business will be clear. You are right, we do not want people to drive a long way to buy goods that they can buy around the corner. We want people to be rational. Clearly, John Lewis experienced a reduction ' the only firm that a clear, measurable reduction occurred from ' just because a lot of people were no longer driving into the suburbs to buy at John Lewis things that they could get locally. That is good for London's environment. What has happened is that John Lewis has come forward with £60 million modernisation programme of their store to reflect that new reality.