London's Congestion Charge will increase from £10 per day to £11.50 on 16 June, Transport for London (TfL) revealed on Wednesday.
Following a public consultation earlier this year, TfL has now confirmed the daily Congestion Charge (CC) cost will go up from £10 to £11.50 (or £10.50 if using Auto Pay) or £14 if paid the next charging day. The current charges are £10 on the day, £9 via Auto Pay and £12 for payment the next day.
From October 2015, anyone using Auto Pay will also be able to set up direct debit payments instead of using a credit or debit card, while those eligible for discounts, such as blue badge holders, will be able to apply for their discounts online. Auto Pay appears to be TfL's preferred method of payment —TfL’s Chief Operating Officer for Surface Transport, Garrett Emmerson said in a press release:
'These changes will ensure the Congestion Charge remains effective in managing congestion in central London. CC Auto Pay remains the most straightforward way to pay the Congestion Charge, with more than 340,000 vehicles currently registered. Drivers registered for CC Auto Pay never have to remember to pay the charge, avoid fines and pay a reduced rate."
TfL also notes that since its inception in 2003, the CC has raised '£1.2 billion of revenue which has been re-invested in transport, including £960m on improvements to the bus network, £102m on roads and bridges, £70m on road safety, £51m on local transport/borough plans and £36m on sustainable transport and the environment.'
In February, we took a look at the possibility of an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) which could replace the existing CC and LEZ.
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