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Call for new measures to reduce congestion across the capital welcomed

19 January 2017

Campaign for Better Transport welcomed the publication of the London Assembly Transport Committee’s report on traffic congestion today.

The report, London Stalling: reducing traffic congestion in Londonlooks at the cause and effect of increasing road traffic congestion across the capital and recommends what needs to be done by the Mayor and Transport for London.

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner said: "This is an important and timely report. It is right to recommend taking forward road pricing which could be a real improvement on the Congestion Charge by targeting fees on those journeys causing congestion and pollution. Not only would this be fairer on road users, it would also help to better manage traffic and reduce London's lethal air pollution. We would also like to see some of Londoners' Vehicle Excise Duty kept in London to fix potholes and fund congestion-busting bus and cycle routes, rather than being sent off to subsidise roads outside the city.

“We also welcome the recommendation that a London borough should pilot a local Workplace Parking Levy scheme, as we advocated to the Committee, something which would raise vital funds to help improve public transport as well as help to reduce local congestion. Nottingham has already shown that a Workplace Parking Levy can work. Their scheme has cut traffic by 8 per cent, generated £9 million a year for public transport investment and has seen the city hit its carbon reduction targets ahead of schedule, while growing jobs. This is something London can learn from.”  

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For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468  richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

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