Western extension to congestion charge scrapped

The decision to scrap the western extension to the congestion charge zone will be bad for London, and that’s according to the mayor’s own consultation document.

Congestion and pollution will rise, while revenue will decrease says the mayor's September 2008 consultation document ‘Have Your Say on the Future of the Congestion Charge Western Extension’

Page 18 says, "Traffic levels would rise significantly, leading to increased congestion. Also some increases in CO2 emissions and pollutants from vehicles. Net revenues for investment in transport would fall by about £70m per year."

Koy Thomson, chief executive of LCC said, “The world envied London for its courage in introducing the congestion charge."

"Scrapping the western extension means more pollution, £70 million less for improving transport, and more congestion: does the mayor think this is what the people who spoke against the charge really wanted?"

"This move will increase London’s contribution to climate change, and exacerbate London’s health and obesity crisis. It has been terrible failure of leadership."

"November has seen a triple whammy for cyclists: first, motorbikes in bus lanes; second, slashing the borough cycle route budgets; finally, scrapping the cycle-promoting western congestion charge."

"Getting rid of part of the zone risks reversing the associated increases in cycling, causing public health to decline and casualties to rise."

The western extension will continue in its present form until the mayor has put in the place the correct statutory instruments to allow its removal, which is likely to be spring 2010 at the earliest.