Transport for London Congestion Charge

London Congestion Charge prices rise, hours extended

Transport for London Congestion Charge

Transport for London has announced an increase in the cost of the London Congestion Charge to £15 a day.

It previously cost £11.50.

The operating hours have also been extended to 10pm in the evening: previously, charges were lifted from 6pm.

The Congestion Charge still begins at 7am in the morning.

TfL has also confirmed the Congestion Charge will operate during the weekends, too. Until now, it has only operated during weekdays.

Christmas Day is now the only day on which charges are lifted. 

The changes are described as temporary and TfL says they could see car journeys fall by a third and pollutants reduced by up to 11 percent.

Although many people are still working from home, latest data suggests there are now as many cars within the Congestion Charge zone as before lockdown.

Without changes, TfL argues traffic levels in central London could double.

The residents’ discount will also be closed to new applications from 1 August, to act as a deterrent to car ownership in central London.

Only 1 in 4 central London residents actually owns a car.

“The temporary changes will be kept under review to ensure they remain effective in light of the transport challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic,” adds TfL.

TfL also reminds motorists they still need to pay the London ULEZ charge on top of the Congestion Charge, if their vehicle is not a September 2015-on diesel or 2005-on petrol. 

London Congestion Charge from 22 June 2020

  • Price increased from £11.50 to £15 (+30 percent)
  • Evening hours extended from 6pm to 10pm
  • Now operates during weekends
  • Residents’ discount closed to new applications on 1 August 2020

Congestion Charge reinbursements

An extension to the Congestion Charge reimbursement schemes has also been confirmed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. 

NHS staff are already eligible for reinbursements: these have now been extended to staff at NHS Trusts, ambulance staff and those who work in care homes located within the zone. 

The NHS patient reimbursement scheme has been extended to include patients vulnerable to coronavirus. 

Local authorities and charities within the zone who are providing coronavirus-related support services can apply to the reimbursement scheme too. 

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Central London 20mph speed limit goes live

London Congestion Charge and ULEZ return

1 in 2 public transport users consider switch to cars

20mph speed limit road sign

Central London 20mph speed limit goes live

20mph speed limit road sign

A 20mph speed limit is now in force across all Transport for London (TfL) roads within the central London Congestion Charge Zone.

All speed cameras within central London are being recalibrated and a new speed enforcement team will be established to catch speeding drivers.

“Drivers should expect to see police officers at the roadside more often,” says TfL. 

ALSO SEE: London ULEZ: the ultimate guide

New road signs and street markings will support the 20mph speed limit, and TfL is installing raised pedestrian crossings where large numbers of pedestrians walk.

“By cutting speed limits on TfL’s roads within the Congestion Zone,” said Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, “we are saving lives, while at the same time making our streets more appealing for Londoners to walk and cycle around the capital.”

TfL manages around five percent of London’s roads, identified as ‘red routes’. The 20mph speed limit was announced in September 2019, following a public consultation. 

TfL Vision Zero

New 20mph speed limit in force road sign

Transport for London is to promote the new 20mph speed limit with a marketing campaign across radio, print and digital advertising.

The roll-out of the 20mph speed limit on the 8.9km (5.5 miles) of Congestion Zone roads mirrors the lower speed limit already in force on many borough roads in central London.

Which roads are included? 

  • Albert Embankment
  • Lambeth Palace Road
  • Lambeth Bridge
  • Millbank
  • Victoria Embankment
  • Upper Thames Street
  • Lower Thames Street
  • Tower Hill
  • Aldgate gyratory including: Leman Street, Prescot Street, Mansell Street, Minories and Goodman’s Yard
  • Borough High Street
  • Great Dover Street
  • Blackfriars Road
  • Part of Druid Street (between Tower Bridge Road and Crucifix Lane)
  • Crucifix Lane
  • Part of Bermondsey Street (between Crucifix Lane and Tooley Street)
  • Part of Queen Elizabeth Street (between Tooley Street and Tower Bridge Road)

Over the next five years, TfL aims to introduce ‘safer speed limits’ on a further 87 miles of its road network.

ALSO SEE: 2021 London ULEZ expansion: drivers are already searching for compliant cars

High-risk sections will be prioritised, along with town centres with a high density of pedestrians, and roads running alongside local speed reduction programmes run by London boroughs.

The aim is to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from the London transport network by 2041, as part of the TfL Vision Zero commitment.