The Anonymous Widower

Cars In Central London Surged 60% After Khan Stopped Evening Congestion Charge

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Standard.

These are the first two paragraphs.

Transport for London’s own data shows the dramatic impact of the Mayor’s decision to shorten the £15-a-day C-charge’s operating hours, ending it at 6pm rather than 10pm.

Last February, an average of 12,968 vehicles entered the zone between 6pm-10pm. But by October this had increased to 20,654 — a rise of 59 per cent.

To a Control Engineer like me, it is obvious that if you reduce the cost of the London Congestion Charge in the evenings between 18:00 and 22:00, you’re going to get more traffic.

Was that what was intended?

Or was the Mayor given bad advice?

I would have thought, the best course of action would have been to keep the charges as they were and use some the money to improve public transport in the central area.

January 14, 2023 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Very probably yes. Covid was still rampant (I caught it at a public hearing in March despite being fully vaccinated), the hospitality and entertainment sectors were on its knees and people were still very wary of travelling on public transport, especially the tube. So allowing people to travel in by car in the evening would have allowed a modicum of recovery to this important part of London’s economy.

    There was also a lot less traffic generally during the pandemic.

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | January 15, 2023 | Reply

    • My analysis is still showing, that if you are gluten-free, this does seem to protect you from severe doses of the virus. I’ve met close on a hundred on a gluten-free diet, who have not had a serious dose. Not all are coeliacs.

      Comment by AnonW | January 15, 2023 | Reply


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