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Hit the road: why it’s right to put up the congestion charge

Commenting on Transport for London’s announcement that it will be raising the cost of London’s congestion charge for the first time since 2011, from £10 to £11.50, David Leam, head of infrastructure at business group London First, said it was right to increase the charge.

“We continue to support the charge and accept that it needs to rise to manage worsening congestion,” he said.

“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.”

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