London drivers hit with 30% hike in Congestion Charge and extension of hours

Congestion Charge sign in central London

Drivers in central London were today hit with a 30% increase in the Congestion Charge after the capital's public transport system was engulfed by a cash crisis.

Mayor Sadiq Khan ordered Transport for London to hike the fee from £11.50 a day to £15.00 after agreeing a £1.6bn government rescue package.

The new 'temporary' charge will be enforced seven days a week from 7am until 10pm. The toll was previously payable Monday-Friday between 7am and 6.00pm.

Congestion Charge sign Credit: PA

Motorists liable for the £12.50 ULEZ 'pollution tax' face a combined daily fee of £27.50. Transport for London has suffered a massive drop in income since the start of lockdown. The C-Charge and ULEZ were suspended for eight weeks.

City Hall Tories said Mr Khan's partial fares freeze was also to blame for the financial crisis.

The Congestion Charge cost £5.00 when it was controversially introduced by mayor 'Red Ken' Livingstone in 2003.