Congestion (2)

MQT on 2008-11-12
Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Congestion charging has significantly reduced traffic but not congestion. Does the Mayor believe that it is equitable for all of those people affected by congestion to spend a modest proportion of the profits on measures that directly reduce congestion?


Answer for Congestion (2)

Answer for Congestion (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

By law, the net revenues from Congestion Charging must be spent on measures to further my Transport Strategy. I have already set out my desire to focus more strongly on smoothing traffic flow in the Congestion Charging zone and across London, as well as making public transport more attractive and encouraging walking and cycling.

Measures TfL are concentrating on to improve traffic flow include:

· Traffic signal re-phasing to get traffic flowing more smoothly; · Deployment of their Traffic Management Force to direct traffic at incident scenes; · Reviewing all schemes that may lead to a loss of road space; · Real time control of the network; · Coordination of street works.

The Traffic Management Act gives TfL powers to control timing and coordination of works, notably those of utility companies. Using these powers to minimise the impact of works, in conjunction with the boroughs, TfL's Traffic Manager has already given Fixed Penalty Notices to utility companies for working without giving notice and for inaccurate noticing information. I look forward to the introduction of permits, which will require the active agreement of highway authorities before works start.