Last reviewed 17 June 2020
Transport for London (TfL) has announced that, in accordance with the condition in the recent Government funding agreement, it has urgently brought forward proposals to temporarily widen the scope and level of the Congestion Charge.
From 22 June, the Charge, which covers around 1% of Greater London, will temporarily increase to £15, operate from 07:00 to 22:00 seven days a week and the residents' discount will be closed to new applicants on 1 August.
These temporary changes will, TfL said, reduce traffic in central London and enable more journeys to be made safely by foot or by bike, while keeping the bus network reliable for those making essential journeys.
However, Freight Transport Association (FTA), Head of Urban Policy, Natalie Chapman, argued that logistics businesses have little alternative but to drive into London to meet the delivery needs of consumers and businesses, so “this simply amounts to a tax on deliveries” and also expressed concerns that there was no indication of how long the changes will last.
Road Haulage Association (RHA) Chief Executive, Richard Burnett, called on TfL to take a more sustainable approach to goods moving around the capital.