Congestion Charge expansion (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3196
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Will the Mayor rule out expanding the hours of the Congestion Charge during his tenure?

Answer

Answer for Congestion Charge expansion (3)

Answer for Congestion Charge expansion (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Proposal 18 of my new draft Transport Strategy clearly states that we will keep the Congestion Charge and other schemes under review and I have said previously that we are looking at Congestion Charging hours.

Traffic levels in the Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ) are at their highest after the end of charging hours and there is a particular issue with the increasing numbers of private hire vehicles in the CCZ.

While previous Mayors have tried to maintain the effectiveness of the charge by increasing it, the scale of the challenge we now face in improving London's streets and achieving an 80 per cent sustainable mode share by 2041 means that we must consider a range of options.

This is why I have asked Transport for London to look at changes to CCZ hours, which will include a detailed consideration of the social and economic impacts of potential changes. Any proposed changes to the Congestion Charge would be subject to a statutory public consultation on a draft Variation Order.