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A welcome pause for thought on the Western Extension

23 September 2009
News that Boris Johnson will not dismantle the Western Extension of the Congestion Charge Zone by next spring is good for congestion levels, air quality and TfL’s public transport budget. Richard Bourn, London Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"This will give the Mayor a chance to think again on the removal of the Western Extension. He has never explained how he was going to overcome the difficulties of removing it: what to do about 30 thousand extra vehicles a day, the impact on air quality or the cost to TfL and the money available for better public transport. We have always defended the Congestion Charge. Some people seem to have forgotten that London won enormous international acclaim for introducing it."