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Increase will raise an extra £82.7m over five years

The increase from £10 to £11.50 will raise an extra £82.7m over the next five years Credit: Stephen Kelly/PA Archive

Transport for London says:

"While TfL recognises the increase may not be widely welcomed, it is vital to maintain the effectiveness of the scheme. The increase will ensure the charge remains an effective deterrent to all but the most essential journeys into the centre of London.

"It will also contribute an additional income of £82.7m over the course of the next five years, which will be re-invested into London’s transport network – including modernising London’s roads infrastructure."

17% increase for delivery lorries 'unfair'

The 17 per cent increase fro commercial vehicles is an unfair tax on businesses which have no option other than to use the city’s roads, says Freight Transport Association.

It also complains that there are no charge-free breaks in the daytime to encourage deliveries to be made outside of rush hour.

Commercial vehicles making essential deliveries, such as keeping the capital’s shelves stocked and supplying London’s hospitals should be exempt from the Congestion Charge. But not only are they forced to pay to use the road network in Central London, they have now been unfairly clobbered with a bigger rise than casual users of the scheme.”

– Natalie Chapman, Freight Transport Association

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London needs 'more sophisticated' road pricing

Congestion in London is getting worse, so charging is needed to help manage it. Fundamentally, there’s not enough space on London’s roads to meet growing demand. The Mayor is right to explore the feasibility of new underground road tunnels, but he should also explore options for more sophisticated road pricing – for example by distance, time of day or place – if we are to keep the capital moving into the 2020s.

– David Leam, head of infrastructure at business group London First

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Euston freight train in parcel delivery experiment

Euston Station, Camden. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A freight train carrying ten tonnes of parcels will be arriving into Euston tonight. It is part of an experiment to test the feasibility of using more rail freight to move customer goods - a way of reducing carbon emissions and road congestion.

Network Rail predicts a doubling of freight on Britain's lines over the next 30 years.

Tower Hamlets protest as 15 surgeries face closure

15 GP surgeries in Tower Hamlets could close. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Doctors and patients in Tower Hamlets are protesting today over cuts which could lead to the closure of fifteen surgeries. Ministers are phasing out a scheme which guaranteed a minimum income for small GP practices. A hundred of them are threatened with closure across the country.

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House prices up 12% in last five years

A graph shows average annual price changes in the last five years.
A graph shows average annual price changes in the last five years. Credit: Land Registry

Property prices in England and Wales have increased by 12% since they bottomed out five years ago.

According to figures from the Land Registry, average the value of the average home stood at £169,124 in March this year.

That is up from £150,490 in April 2009 - the lowest point following the crash that began a year earlier.

Price increases have been quickening as the economic recovery has taken hold, with stronger demand leading to a surge in values.

Read: Housing market boom 'biggest risk' to economic recovery

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