Boris Johnson announces review of charging zone
1 July 2008

London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced a public consultation on whether the controversial western extension of the capital’s Congestion Charge should be axed.Residents will get a chance to choose between a series of options for the charge, from keeping it as it is to outright abolition. Any changes would take another year to implement.The original congestion charge zone was extended westwards in February 2007, despite strong opposition from many local residents and businesses. Kensington and Chelsea council, in whose territory most of the extension falls, has also led a campaign against it.Predictably, Johnson’s announcement has been attacked by the Green Party, with representative Jenny Jones claiming that the zone has been “successful in reducing traffic, reducing pollution and encouraging people to switch to public transport and cycling.”

Mike Duff

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