In the extraordinary funding row between Boris Johnson’s government and the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, the Treasury is proposing to stump up only about half of the £2bn London says it needs right now to cover fare revenue losses on public transport due to the pandemic. All the same, at 10% that adds £1.50 per day to just keeping a car on the road and that is without the other costs involved, making it unaffordable at £45.00 per month, if used daily. 02/11/2020. But from October 2021 the zone will expand to the inner London area bounded by the North and South Circular roads. Date: Monday, 3rd May 2004. All rights reserved. It’s possibly now above £5 billion and rising. Road pricing is backed by the thinktank Centre for London, as well as transport-user group London TravelWatch. Little sympathy. Car ownership, and reliance on cars, is much higher in boroughs outside the extended zone, but as an RAC Foundation analysis has shown, more than half of work journeys by drivers living in those outer suburbs would enter the new charging zone. image caption The ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) will initially apply to the current congestion charge zone. Areas of criticism include the Silvertown Tunnel, though as a PFI capital spend that makes little impact on operating finances, as does arguments about senior staff wages. Extend London congestion charge zone to Clapham and Catford, TfL told This article is more than 1 month old Sadiq Khan says government’s proposals to … The Congestion Charge will be back in operation from Boxing Day (26 December). Almost 100,000 people have signed a petition against the expansion of the Congestion Charge to the north and south Circulars. Last modified on Sat 24 Oct 2020 12.12 EDT. Every vehicle users is part of the problem. But really the Government should work out why people need to use their cars. As Greenwich Council have no interest whatsoever in the ones who vote for Councillors…and we end up with a mix of Govt and their own Agenda…we as the ones suffering don’t stand much chance of changing anything. Plans to expand the £15 Congestion Charge Zone also form part of the Government’s conditions, on top of the increase in cost and operating hours in the existing zone, as demanded by the Government in May. An extension to the Congestion Charging zone would be a ‘complete catastrophe’ for the private hire industry according to trade representatives. Yes we should try to use cars less, but this is ridiculous! Restrict that to boroughs within the zone, and the per-household burden more than doubles. Sat 24 Oct 2020 11.00 EDT It would see the zone… These people in government and local authorities are just legalised gangsters. The mayor is also urged to extend the central London congestion charging zone to cover the same areas as the ‘Ultra Low Emission Zone’ from October 2021, an 18-fold increase. They also want to toll the ferry but this will require an act of Parliament. Pensioners haven’t payed enough into the pensions, they can’t afford to heat and eat, let’s take away there independence as well, that’s money again where losing.. Nov 12, 2020. Over 92,000 people are opposing the possibility that the charge will be extended to match the expanding Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) area. Other rumoured changes are forcing extra fare increases onto passengers. Typical government trying to screw us all again, shocking we are only trying to earn a living. Perhaps they will in the next bailout? I don’t know whether these plans only include cars that don’t meet the ULEZ or all cars – as is the case in the current CC. I guess these people need their vans for their business – congestion charge wont change their need. The fares freeze has been criticised, but rising prices would only increase congestion. Closing roads because of ‘rat runners’, filling in bus stop cut outs so buses hold up traffic creating queues, creating bike lanes that make no sense, putting traffic lights in places that are not necessary for example the junction of lights in Greenwich based where the old arches lesuire centre, reduced ferry service or closures from time to time. This will hit poor people who cant afford it. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. With the bailout rumoured to only last until December, the same tricks are likely to be pulled a number of times before the next election in May 2021. A lot of SE London has bad public transport links and already packed trains – that you can’t get on during rush hour. This is the congestion zone now - there are reports it would be extended far beyond this under new proposals (Image: ed g2s/ Wikimedia Commons). ULEZ will be expanding to cover a wider area in October 2021 - including areas around the North and South circular in Richmond. As the relationship between Sadiq and the Govt are hardly cordial…the Govt are going to take any opportunity to take control…its a human agenda…the Control Agenda…we have had 6 months of the Fear Agenda. Answered By: The Mayor. Date: Monday, 19th January 2004. It’s also notable how similar political games were not played when rail companies were bailed out. No more building on North Greenwich until rush hour crowding is sorted on the Jubilee – or you give a viable alternative (bridge) to get to other transport links. Greed! Many in London will agree that ‘£15 to drive a mile in Catford’ is unfair, but still be worried about dismal air quality. None of this bodes well, with central Government apparently willing to let the capital’s economy flounder to support their mayoral candidate. An expansion of the Congestion Charge area in this way would have a serious effect on BAME-owned Small and Medium-sized businesses, including in the retail and wholesale sectors. They now propose to extend congestion charge so it covers the same area as ULEZ. (Not surprising as they never got on). The mayor of London was under pressure to extend the £15-a-day charging zone as far as the North and South circular roads. It cut congestion by 30 per cent and sped up traffic by 21 per cent. Looking at this from an issue of Politics…if you as Mayor feel the need to needle the Govt of a different hue you can hardly expect them to help out when there is an issue of the Govts own making. Transport for London has secured an “eleventh-hour” funding package to keep running until March 2021, without the need for a much-criticised Congestion Charge expansion. For instance. More or less every year there’s another rise in fares to use public transport, very encouraging to ditch your car for local journeys. 😡. The ULEZ operates across the existing congestion charge zone (covering most of Central London, and areas of the City and Westminster) and operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The current congestion charge zone covers the area within the London Inner Ring Road which includes both the City of London, which is the main financial district, and also the West End, which is London's primary commercial and entertainment centre. In its 17 years of operation, the London congestion charge had become a relatively uncontroversial fact of life; few motorists now assert the right to travel for free into the crowded eight square miles at the heart of the capital city. … One F35 jet equals £100 million, one super carrier equals £3 billion and that’s before they have moved an inch! The ULEZ, which will come into force in London’s existing Congestion Charge Zone in April next year, will levy an extra charge of £12.50 a day on all vehicles which do not meet emissions standards. The Congestion Charge is an £11.50 daily charge for driving a vehicle within the charging zone between 07:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday. That’s an increase of £3.50 per day compared with pre-lockdown levels, when the system only operated between 07:00 and 16:00 on weekdays. Even TfL’s commissioner, Andy Byford, has seen only a two-thirds-redacted version. Govt seems to view London as a Labour enclave hardly any change last election, whatever loan deals they impose on TFL doesn’t mean much to their ‘base’…they’re just loan sharks when it comes to Transport & Congestion Charge. The short-term result of Covid-19 has been a comparative upsurge in car use. The automated Congestion charge zone was progressive and world leading when it was introduced in 2006. London’s congestion charge has helped. It’s just wrong and you know its not far.I need my car for work as I’m a care worker She stated: “Neither the Mayor or I could see how it would be right to charge people £15 to drive a mile from Wandsworth to Clapham or from Catford to Lewisham from October of next year if the congestion charge was to be extended out to north & south circular“. Shapps called for: The above segment can be found, along with the entire letter, on page 64 of this document. Transport for London (TfL) and the Government are in talks regarding emergency funding and there reports a decision could have a major … Written by: Emma Lunn. In London 72 per cent of TfL’s income is fares – which is Government policy. It is not as if I have just arrived and demanded a pass; I have actually been paying LT fares since 1970s. TFL held to ransom don’t think the Mayor is man for the job though. Help support me and the site by becoming a Patron via Patreon. Mr Duvall AM said the Government need to understand the “human impact” of their actions and urged local businesses and families to get in touch to set out what these changes mean for them. Now, though, TfL has confirmed the Congestion Charge, which operates in central London, will temporarily increase to £15 and operate from 07:00 to 22:00 seven … Quite how much money Shapps and his department estimate an expanded congestion charge can raise is unknown. Transport for London will receive up to £1.8 billion from the government in further emergency funding for the next six months and will not have to extend the capital’s congestion charge zone or scrap its free travel concessions for young people and the over-60s as a condition of receiving the funds, Sadiq Khan … Seasoned observers of the capital’s politics see this as something of a phoney war. Answered By: Ken Livingstone. Initially the zone will cover the existing congestion charge area. 0. This will have a negative affect for many of us especially SME's as this would increase transport, and operation costs while reducing revenue due to the reduction in footfall. One of the weaknesses of the current zone has been that traffic speed started falling, with road space reallocated. Answer for Congestion Charge Zone Expansion. The total cost over 4 years is estimated around £600m, which is less than one year’s cut enforced by central government. Although the c.£1.8bn funding requires the current temporary changes to the Congestion Charge to be maintained as a “continuing response”, ministers back-tracked on calls for the zone to be extended to the North and South Circular.. Do as we say, if you don’t we’ll make you pay, for example the congestion charge pay the charge, started off as a single charge.. 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