London congestion charge rises25 May 2010

CC increases from £8 to £10

The Mayor of London has announced the charge for the central congestion charge zone is to rise by 25% – from £8 to £10.

The news comes on the same day that Boris Johnson also announced he would consult the public on scrapping the western extension to the central zone. It could be gone by Christmas.

Commenting on the news, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said:

“The suspicion amongst drivers entering the central charging zone will be that this huge increase is more about plugging the financial hole left by the scrapping of the western extension than cutting the amount of traffic on the road. If it is just about easing congestion then where is the analysis that shows the £2 hike will significantly improve the flow of vehicles?”