Congestion charge increases to £11.50

From 7am today, the cost of driving in the congestion zone increased by 15%.

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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."

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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

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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