This piece first broadcast 15 Feb 2013. Televsed on UK’s regional television BBC1 London. Programme (Program) — London News.

now it's raised over a billion pounds for transport improvements and reduce the number of cars driving into central London but ten years after it was introduced the congestion charge has failed to deliver on a key promise to reduce journey times so has the scheme been a success has our Transport correspondent Tom Edwards ten years ago BBC London showed the capital as a ghost town as drivers were scared away due to a new scheme called the congestion charge the rush hour that never was day worn went well but there were protests like here at Smithfield market they still hate it he said these ASCO suppress job creation expansion obviously hasn't been down business but it's it's is here we can't ever see a guy on a white the van Mayor Ken Livingstone pushed it through he says it should now be used to tackle pollution and thinks the congestion charge is a success I didn't do it because I wanted to I mean when I was elected big business came to me and said if you don't tackle congestion in London we are going to see firms leaving the city and when we did polling there's always a narrow majority in favor if people realize how bad congestion was getting TfL says 60,000 fewer vehicles now enter the zone every day but congestion hasn't improved before the charge in 2003 within the inner London Ring Road journeys were delayed by three point four minutes per kilometre while it did get better initially the latest figures show it's now worse at three point six minutes of delay every kilometre blamed on roadworks critics say that the congestion charge is actually done very little to reduce pollution and reduce the jams supporters though say that if we didn't have the congestion charge things would be much much worse what they don't disagree on is the fact that it does bring in lots of extra revenue after running costs the scheme brings in 1.2 billion pounds all spent on public transport 960 million on the buses not everyone thinks they should pay it the Embassy's Oh sixty-eight million the current mayor reduced the size of the zone scrapping the extension but he still likes was left the central London congestion charge in zone has I think been a success in delivering some reductions in congestion in central London that's been a benefit to Londoners and that was why I was always determined to to keep it the charge has constantly changed due to car technology and politics vehicles once deemed clean and didn't have to pay now do the idea stalled Manchester and New York turned down similar schemes it is something of a peculiarity it's only covering a small part of London right in the middle there's no proposals from anybody I know to extend it so it's a bit like you know Routemaster buses or old phone boxes it's just a curiosity from the past which is still with us but of course from the mayor's point of view producing a small amount of revenue how the scheme will work in the future isn't clear pollution could play a part many though think to really tackle congestion the answer is now to charge for every mile you drive Tom Edwards BBC London News well let's go check on all the sport now ahead of the effort

0 thoughts on “London: Ten years on: Has London's congestion charge worked?

  1. YEAH RIGHT THEYRE DOING THIS IN NEWYORK. THE CONGESTION HAS NOT GONE DONE. THE VERY NEWYORK CITY CONGESTED THE CITY WITH UBER CARS. THESE PPL ARE CROOKS AND ARE JUST ROBBIN THE PPL.

  2. JUST TAX, AFTER TAX. WE ARE ALL BEING SCREWED WITH THEIR BULLSHIT, LIES & FIGURES. LINING THE POCKETS OF A MINORITY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE MAJORITY. THEY CREATE RECESSION AND SLUMP WITH THEIR POLICIES. A TAX FOR A TAX AND WHOSE LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK.

  3. Day light robbery Livingston and Kahn should lower there heads in shame and once again labour is at it again with the emissions charge I will never vote a labour candidate in as mayor again

  4. Typical labour logic, if there is a problem , Tax it. the congestion charge has always been punitive to the poorest, if we get a Corbyn government expect it to be applied in all big cities, labour have to get the money from somewhere

  5. An absolute joke. Why can't they be honest and say they are committing day light robbery with us .

    Violence is at all time high in London. Is the government keen to make London air cleaner for these criminals then ,? I guess they have human rights to be able to commit robberies in clean air.
    People are living longer and statistics back this . So why feed people with all this rubbish about clean air and how they want to look after our health. Sort out the main issues first which is crime and the nhs waiting lists .

  6. It has been a success for tfl who know how to create money out of thin air, basically its a scam for privately owned bus companies to con poor and working classes out of their hard earned money,, another corrupt organization.every one should protest. And stop paying. Its against your freedom of movement!

  7. Hold on……Red Ken stated that he "didnt want to do this "…but when Big businesses came to him and threatened to leave the city if you don't………isn't that blackmail or coercion???

  8. The con, they don't send you a charge they don't send an invoice the send a fuckin penalty charge, that's the first charge you get scamming bastards

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