Transport for London (TfL) has announced it will be suspending its congestion charge over the festive period – but has warned that some areas will face extra traffic caused by roadworks.
TfL said today that the congestion charge will be suspended from Saturday 24 December until Monday 2 January inclusive. The daily charge (£11.50) will apply again from Tuesday 3 January.
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The charge, which normally applies in Central London on weekdays between 7am and 6pm, is traditionally dropped over the Christmas period.
These are the main roadworks being carried out in London over Christmas:
Victoria Embankment: Until the end of the day on Friday 23 December, there will be a westbound lane restriction on Victoria Embankment at the junction of Temple Avenue. This is to facilitate repairs to a gas leak.
Tower Bridge: Until 30 December, Tower Bridge is closed to all traffic while the City of London Corporation carry out major essential maintenance works. Roads in and around the area will be busier than usual. A signed diversion route is in place, via London Bridge northbound and via Southwark Bridge southbound.
A1 Holloway Road: Planned closures of A1 Holloway Road continue until mid-January 2017. This is while work is carried out to replace Upper Holloway Bridge.
Finchley Road: Until 31 December, there are lane restrictions on A41 at Finchley Road at the junction of College Crescent. This is for utility works.
Victoria: Until 27 January, there are lane restrictions on Buckingham Palace Road at the junction of Victoria Street. This is for construction works.
Archway: From 21:00 on Saturday 17 December, the gyratory around Archway Tube station will be removed and switched to two-way traffic. From 05:00 on Sunday 18 December, Highgate Hill will be permanently closed to vehicles and there will be no right turn from St. John’s Way to Archway Road or from Junction Road to Holloway Road.
Central London: From 09:00 until 18:00 on Monday 19 December, roads in the area will be busier than usual, including Great Portland Street, Regent Street, Whitehall and Parliament Square. This is due to demonstrations.
Central London: From 08:00 on Monday 26 December until 06:00 on 3 January, there will be lane restrictions on A501 Euston Road between Edgware Road and King’s Cross. This is for TfL maintenance and utility works.
More information on travelling in London over the Christmas period can be found on TfL’s website.