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Transport 2000 welcomes congestion charge extension

16 February 2007
Transport 2000 [1] welcomes the extension of the congestion charging zone to some parts of Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea, taking place next Monday, 19 February.[2] Traffic in the western extension is likely to drop by around 15% and congestion by rather more as a result of the introduction of the charge.

"The enlarged zone will bring better public transport and improved streets and squares for the many people who live in and visit this area of London. Crucially, it’s also going to mean extra revenue to spend on public transport, walking and cycling. This success story should be repeated in a national road pricing scheme," said Richard Bourn, Transport 2000’s London campaigner.

Transport 2000 would now like to see preparations being made for the introduction of a London-wide congestion charging or road pricing scheme. Richard Bourn commented:

"If the Mayor is serious about tackling carbon emissions from transport, he’s going to have to take steps to reduce traffic across the whole London area. Unbelievably, the Mayor still has a target for traffic growth in most of London."

Notes to editors

[1] Transport 2000 is an independent campaigning and research body that represents the key transport interests of around 40 environmental groups, transport organisations and transport unions. We bring together people who seek to reduce the environmental and social effects of transport through encouraging less use of cars, lorries and planes and more use of rail, buses, trams, cycling and walking.

[2] More information about the congestion zone can be found on Transport for London’s congestion charging website.