Changes to the Congestion charge

Image above: Congestion zone sign

There will be no congestion charge levied in London between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day bank holiday. The Mayor of London’s office announced the lifting of the charge, saying it would  support families and visitors over the festive period in what is traditionally a time of increased engineering work on the rail network and a quieter period on the roads.

In an attempt to support both the policy of long term traffic reduction and to help the capital’s hospitality industry, Sadiq Khan has opted to keep the congestion charge at £15 but to reduce the hours it operates from February.

Transport for London introduced temporary changes to the Congestion Charge in 2020 as an emergency measure in the pandemic to ensure traffic was reduced so that essential journeys could continue to take place. The charge was increased from £11.50 to £15 and the operating hours increased to include evenings and weekends.

Currently the congestion charge applies from 7am till 10pm every day of the week.

After ‘an extensive public consultation’ over a 10-week period, which saw nearly 10,000 responses, TfL announced on Thursday 16 December,  ‘permanent changes that will help prevent car use from rising above pre-pandemic levels’.

The current charge level of £15 will be retained but from 21 February there will be no charges in the evenings after 6pm. Operating hours on weekends and bank holidays will be reduced to 12 – 6pm.

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