Sadiq Khan's Congestion Charge hike comes into force
Updated: Oct 29, 2020
Sadiq Khan's Congestion Charge hike comes into force today, with the daily fee for driving a car into the centre of London rising to £15.00, and the hours of operation extended from 7am to 10pm, seven days a week.
Keith Prince AM, GLA Conservative Transport Spokesman, commented: “Londoners will be rightly feeling robbed today, and undoubtedly, many small businesses and working people will be seriously worried about their ability to work and trade in central London.”
“Sadiq Khan’s Congestion Charge hike will hammer working Londoners and hurt our city’s economic recovery. It’s deeply unfair that Londoners are paying the price for the mess Sadiq Khan has made of Transport for London’s finances. “For four years, the Mayor has pursued transport policies he knew London couldn’t afford. The Mayor’s fares freeze and continued delays to Crossrail have cost the taxpayer billions in lost revenue and bailouts. On Khan’s watch, TfL has reached a record debt of £12 billion and 21 major transport upgrades have been delayed or cancelled to solve its money woes. It’s no surprise that TfL has crumbled during this crisis. “First, the Mayor tried to shirk responsibility for his decision to hike the Congestion Charge. Then, he prevented Londoners from having their say by holding an appallingly short consultation. Instead of playing the blame game, Khan should have listened to Londoners’ concerns and abandoned his disastrous Congestion Charge plan.”