Congestion charge set to rise by least 15%

Transport for London could raise the capital’s congestion charge fees by at least 15%, from £10 to £11.50.

The transport authority is consulting on plans that will look at raising funds and bringing the central London driving deterrent in line with the increased costs of other forms of transport.

The increase would be the first since 2011.

Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s surface transport chief operating officer, said: “We are keen to hear what Londoners and motorists have to say about the proposed changes to the scheme. The proposed changes will ensure the charge remains an effective deterrent to making unnecessary journeys in central London.”

The proposed raise could add an additional £84m in revenue by 2018.

But Edmund King, president of the AA said that the price rises “will hurt Londoners”.

He said: “Congestion in the capital is well above pre-charge levels but this is not related to an increase in the number of private cars. A city trying to get back on its feet after recession doesn’t need its key service firms to suffer from further financial burden. Some of that will be passed on to customers, which hits growth and high-street spending.”

By law, all revenue generated by the congestion charge must be spent on improvements to London transport.

A ten week online public consultation on the proposals will end on March 14.

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