Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ken I Aim to Freeze C-Charge for 10 Years

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ken I Aim to Freeze C-Charge for 10 Years

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Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT

KEN LIVINGSTONE today ruled out any increase in the u5 congestion charge in the capital for at least 10 years.

The Mayor said he will not increase the daily charge to u6 after declaring the current tariff a success.

He said it could be 10 years before there was any need to review the charge and argued that it was more important to speed up plans to extend the congestion zone so that more Londoners could reap the benefits.

In the run-up to the scheme, Mr Livingstone repeatedly emphasised that the u5a-day fee was not set in stone, amid fears it might not prove enough to deter drivers from entering central London. He suggested it could easily be request. Proof of existing overdraft rate. We may on deposits made to Account falls below u5,000 received by 30th April plc is regulated by the Inc. New York USA.

increased to u6 a day in the near future. But today he claimed it was "quite clear" that the charge was sufficient to reduce traffic levels in the city centre.

He said: "I did fear that we would have to put it up to u6 but I can't see that happening now. I have made it absolutely clear all the way through that this is about reducing congestion, not making money. I can't foresee any circumstances in the near future where one would want to increase the charge."

Mr Livingstone made the decision after Transport for London's latest figures showed a 20 per cent drop in traffic yesterday. The figure is five per cent higher than TfL's goal of reducing congestion by 15 per cent.

The Mayor admitted he would be "surprised" if congestion levels did not show a slight increase over the next few weeks but was confident they will remain at least 15 per cent lighter than before the scheme's introduction.

He said that traffic was now so light that "buses are having to slow down as they are running ahead of schedule". …

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