Increasing the congestion charge

Closed 14 Mar 2014

Opened 6 Jan 2014


Explaining the charge

The Congestion Charge has been effective in reducing traffic levels and allowed us to invest in improving London’s transport network.

In order to maintain the effectiveness of the Congestion Charge, we regularly review the scheme. This is to deter larger numbers of vehicles from driving in Central London.

Increasing the Congestion Charge

We are proposing to increase the Congestion Charge (please refer to the next page). The proposed charge increase will help maintain the relative deterrent effect of the charge in line with inflation and in comparison with other transport costs and public transport fares, which have increased over time.

If no changes were made to the Congestion Charging scheme charges, we anticipate that there would be an increase in traffic levels within the Congestion Charging zone.

By law, all net revenue raised by the charge has to be invested in improving transport in London. This will also apply to any additional net revenue raised through a charge increase. This would mean that a charge increase would generate funds to further invest and improve transport in London.

We are encouraging people to use alternative ways to travel into Central London including using public transport, walking and cycling.

Proposed charge changes 

If approved by the Mayor, the charge increase will come into effect from 16 June 2014.


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