Western Extension should not be scrapped on 06/10/2008
London TravelWatch, the watchdog for transport users in and around London, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, has urged the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) to retain the Western Extension Congestion Charging Zone, or set out other alternatives to how congestion will be tackled. The consultation ended on Sunday 5 October.
Janet Cooke, Chief Executive, London TravelWatch, said: “Congestion remains a real issue for transport users in London, and the removal of the Western Extension without any credible strategy to tackle it would result in damaging consequences for road users, particularly bus users.”
London TravelWatch supports the principle of varying charges by time of day, but believes that to be fully effective this would require the development of a more sophisticated automatic payment system to replace the current arrangements.
Janet Cooke continued: “Congestion charging has resulted in a modal switch away from private cars and encouraged a large rise in cycling. Bus performance has improved, and the use of buses has increased. Backtracking on congestion charging should not be an option.”
For more information, please contact Jo deBank in the London TravelWatch press office on 020 7726 9953 or out of hours on 07734 055494
The voice of London's transport users
6 October 2008