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London congestion charge dropped for Christmas

London congestion charge dropped for festive season

London congestion charge dropped for Christmas

Transport for London has confirmed that it’s suspending the congestion charge over the Christmas period.

From Friday 25 December to Friday 1 January inclusive, road users in central London won’t have to pay the usual £11.50 congestion charge.

But visitors are warned that they might be affected by road closures in London during the holiday period – especially ahead of the annual New Year celebrations.

Engineering work will also be carried out on overground and underground networks, so check ahead if you’re travelling in London over Christmas.

The full list of major road closures in London are as follows:

Central London – Until tomorrow, Wednesday, The Cut will be closed at the junction with Blackfriars Road. Until Sunday 3 January, there will also be works on Blackfriars Road and New Bridge Street. Blackfriars Junction and Ludgate Circus have lane closures until Thursday, and also between Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 December. From Saturday until Thursday 31 December, Southwark Street will be closed eastbound at the junction of Blackfriars Road. This is due to Cycle Superhighway works.

Aldgate East and Bow – From tomorrow, Wednesday, until Sunday 3 January, lane closures will be in place on Whitechapel High Street, Mile End Road and Bow Road. This is due to Cycle Superhighway 2 works.

Central London – From around 14:00 on Thursday 31 December, Waterloo, Westminster and Jubilee Bridges, and roads in central London will start to close to prepare for the ticketed fireworks event. All bridge and road closures will be in place from 20:00 and most will re-open at 06:00 on Friday 1 January, or when it is safe to do so. Central London road closures will remain until 18:00 to facilitate the New Year’s Day Parade.

Old Street – Until Thursday, lane closures are in place at the junction of Old Street and Great Eastern Street, due to Cycle Superhighway works.

Stockwell – From Thursday until summer 2016, Stockwell Cross will have lane closures due to public space and cycling improvement works.

Swiss Cottage – From Saturday until Thursday 31 December, Avenue Road will have lane closures due to utility works.

Victoria – From Saturday until Thursday 31 December, lane closures will be in place on Grosvenor Place southbound and Lower Grosvenor Place eastbound. This is due to utility works.

Central London – Until Thursday, there will be overnight closures in both directions on Victoria Embankment and Upper Thames Street between Westminster Bridge and Southwark Bridge from 20:00 until 05:00. On Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 December and Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 January, Tower Hill and Lower Thames Street will be closed westbound from Tower Hill to Fish Street Hill, from 08:00 until midnight. This is due to Cycle Superhighway carriageway resurfacing works. There will also be lane closures at the junction of Victoria Embankment and Savoy Place.

Elephant & Castle – Until Sunday 3 January, there will be lane closures on Newington Causeway and the Elephant & Castle Link Road. This is due to junction improvement works. For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/elephant

Upper Holloway – Until late 2017, lane closures are in place in both directions on Holloway Bridge. This is for bridge strengthening works, as part of the Road Modernisation Plan.


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London Ultra-Low Emission Zone gets green light for 2020

Alfa Romeo Mito within the London Congestion Charge zoneLondon will become the world’s first city to operate an ultra-low emission zone from 7 September 2020, London Mayor Boris Johnson has confirmed. 

The ultra-low emission zone, or ULEZ, will operate within the London Congestion Charge zone – but run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

London ULEZ map

It requires vehicles to meet defined emissions standards to travel for free; for cars, this means petrol cars must be compliant with Euro 4 exhaust emissions standards, which came into force on 1 January 2006.

It means petrol cars aged 14 years or younger will be able to drive within the ULEZ for free from 7 September 2020.

However, for diesel cars, the regulations are tougher: they stipulate cars must meet Euro 6 emissions standards, which only become mandatory for all new cars sold on 1 September 2015.

It means the youngest diesel cars able to travel for free will be aged five years or younger – it’s concerns over diesel tailpipe emissions, particularly levels of NOx, that have encouraged Transport for London to act.

For cars not meeting ULEZ standards, a £12.50 daily charge will be enforced.

Those living within the ULEZ will, however, have a three year ‘sunset period’: they won’t have to meet the new ULEZ standards until September 2023.

ULEZ: improving air quality

Michele Dix, managing director of planning at TfL, said: “London’s air quality has an impact on the health of every person living in this city which is why addressing emissions from road transport is such a priority.

“The ULEZ is a feasible and effective way to improve air quality not only in central London but it will also have a positive impact across the whole city too.

“We believe that giving owners of non-compliant vehicles more than five years to prepare means that they have fair warning to decide whether to change their vehicle to one that meets the emissions standards of the zone or pay a daily charge.”

Car industry trade body the SMMT supported the move. Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “The London ULEZ will play a key role in driving the market for ultra low emission vehicles in Europe’s leading mega city, and set a precedent not only in the UK but around the world.

“SMMT supports this vision and wants to see London meet its air quality and climate change targets, while driving innovation and supporting jobs.

“We are pleased to see the Mayor has recognised that the latest diesel technology has a place in an Ultra Low Emissions Zone. It is only by encouraging motorists to invest in the latest, lowest emission technology, regardless of vehicle or fuel type, that the Mayor’s vision be fully realised.”

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