Traffic Congestion as Bad as It Was before C-Charge

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Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS

CENTRAL London congestion has soared back to levels last seen before the C-charge was introduced, an official report discloses today.

Transport for London's annual impacts monitoring study is the first time the organisation has formally admitted that the battle against congestion has gone into reverse.

Traffic levels in central London are 21 per cent lower than they were before the C-charge was launched in 2003. Traffic entering the western extension has fallen by 14 per cent.

But roadworks and traffic management measures have seen road space squeezed, triggering severe delays.

Mayor Boris Johnson today ordered TfL to bring forward emergency measures to boost traffic flow. He told TfL to re-phase traffic lights to smooth out traffic and said he was now exercising new powers to fine utility companies that cause delays through badly planned work.

Talks were also under way with Thames Water to reduce the impact of mains repair work. …