Congestion Charge - Additional Costs to Businesses (Supplementary) [5]

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

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I am pointing out that the CBI made it quite clear that they were not impressed that there was no extra delivery time. It is not me saying it, Mr Hendy, that is what the CBI gave as evidence to the Transport Committee.

Let me go on to talk about additional costs on businesses. The GLA's own Economic Report did say that if any businesses had been hurt, it was the small retailer inside the Congestion Charge Zone. If you look at the figures you will see that 87% of all retailers are small retailers and therefore it would be clear from the GLA's own Economic Report that you are hitting a sizeable number of small businesses, by their own admission, and by the GLA's own admission. Therefore you must presumably have to accept that there has been a cost to business.

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Answer for Congestion Charge - Additional Costs to Businesses (Supplementary) [5]

Answer for Congestion Charge - Additional Costs to Businesses (Supplementary) [5]

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

I think I said that there had been a cost to business, but I also said that business as a whole has benefited by far more than the cost of the business in the reduction of traffic to those in congestion.

Two years ago this argument was mostly conducted around the business of some large stores in Oxford Street. I note that one in particular is now doing rather well both in recent weeks and recent months. I have not seen that attributed to the benefits of Congestion Charging.