Congestion Charge - Additional Costs to Businesses (Supplementary) [4]

Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Angie Bray
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

I am surprised you suggested you were going to take Parcelforce to task because they had benefited from doing extra deliveries. You will recall the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), when Mary Reilly came to give evidence as the London representative of the CBI, said they had withdrawn their support from the Congestion Charge precisely because they were not getting an extra delivery time in because the congestion had not been sufficiently reduced - many would argue it is as bad as it always was - and therefore there was no extra delivery time that would have made it beneficial for their business. Is it not the case that road speeds inside the Congestion Charge Zone are virtually no faster than they were five years ago, and are slower than they were ten years ago, in the very area where you are operating a Congestion Charge Scheme?

Answer

Answer for Congestion Charge - Additional Costs to Businesses (Supplementary) [4]

Answer for Congestion Charge - Additional Costs to Businesses (Supplementary) [4]

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

They are not back to where they were five years ago. The general speed of traffic in London has been declining on a long term basis precisely because the population is going up and there is more economic activity. If the Congestion Charging Zone had not been implemented it would have been much worse. So far as the means of transport we directly control and can judge goes, in fact what has happened is the bus service has continued to benefit from faster journey speeds and a reduction in congestion.

It is true there are other things going on as well. The large scale electricity and gas mains replacements have made a difference, as have some street works.

But to suggest it is all pointless because it is back to where it was - even if that were true, and it is not - it would have been worse now than where it was before.