Watchdog concerned at congestion charge decision on 27/11/2008
London TravelWatch has expressed concern at the Mayor’s announcement that the Western Extension Congestion Charging zone will be scrapped.
Sharon Grant, Chair, London TravelWatch, said: “There is no doubt this is a hugely significant decision, which signals a sea change in transport policy in London. It goes against the grain of the wider public concerns about both the environment and prospect of ever more congested cities.
“We shall now need to see substantive alternative proposals for addressing congestion, and for ensuring that buses and essential car users can move freely in the Western Zone. Loss of revenue flows will also create serious difficulties for Transport for London (TfL) and impact other services.
“This move will come as a disappointment to the many towns and cities both in the UK and worldwide who saw London as leading the way in discouraging non-essential car use.”
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
27 November 2008