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Started by TheVoiceOfReason on Oct 16, 2020 11:24:53 PM
Uproar as London congestion charge zone to be extended out to North & South Circular roads

The government has demanded that the London congestion charge be applied as far out as the North & South Circular roads as a way of paying for the TfL bailout. Hapless mayor Sadiq Khan has bleated that it is “unfair” to charge Londoners to drive from Lewisham to Catford, despite previously slamming short distance car journeys.

Londoners reacted with fury to the news. Hetty Byford, 35, of Clapham, said, “The public transport just isn’t good enough. In Clapham we only have three tube stations, two Overground stations, Britain’s busiest railway station and over thirty bus routes, the majority of which run just 24 hours a day. A car is an absolute necessity here.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/oct/16/london-congestion-charge-zone-clapham-catford-tfl-tube

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goldfinch - 16 Oct 2020 23:38:12 (#1 of 109)

Don't you get concessions/a free pass if you live within the zone?

barkis - 16 Oct 2020 23:42:48 (#2 of 109)

Didn't Johnson scrap an extension of the congestion charge when he became mayor?

goldfinch - 16 Oct 2020 23:44:41 (#3 of 109)

He did.

LemonGrass - 16 Oct 2020 23:44:54 (#4 of 109)

Yep.

solomongursky - 16 Oct 2020 23:48:08 (#5 of 109)

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ekc46bwXgAEy2U9?format
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Bring it on.

DesEsseintes - 16 Oct 2020 23:54:33 (#6 of 109)

Logical place for it to begin would be that big blue ring roady motorwayy thing a bit further out still.

mikeshadow - 17 Oct 2020 00:04:31 (#7 of 109)

Except a lot of the M25 isn’t a London border, it passes through six home counties.

HouseOfLametta - 17 Oct 2020 00:19:52 (#8 of 109)

Same thing.

helenskywalker - 17 Oct 2020 00:23:41 (#9 of 109)

Nah, they vote all wrong.

Tinymcsmithy - 17 Oct 2020 00:30:52 (#10 of 109)

Is this Ken Luvingston’s fault?

xDiggy - 17 Oct 2020 01:12:22 (#11 of 109)

Not going to happen. What would they do about residency? More than half the population of London would then be exempt from the congestion charge by virtue of living in it.

mikeshadow - 17 Oct 2020 01:42:31 (#12 of 109)

Residents get a 90% discount, but it seems this has now been closed to new applicants.

https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/residents-discount

CarlosFandango - 17 Oct 2020 02:20:21 (#13 of 109)

What are you all bleating about? London? Where's that then? And why should anybody care?

SinnerBoy - 17 Oct 2020 07:08:21 (#14 of 109)

Has the Mail laid the blame at the feet of Khan?

dottie30 - 17 Oct 2020 07:16:05 (#15 of 109)

Yes. And Tories are as well even though it was their idea.

Not sure they are going to be able to take London from Khan next year despite all their efforts. Somewhat difficult to overcome a 65% poll rating - particularly with the national government being pretty much everything Londoners tend to hate.

darkhorse - 17 Oct 2020 07:19:50 (#16 of 109)

I dunno, perhaps the Tories can make it clear that a vote for Khan means an expansion of the CC.

But a vote for their guy, well, maybe central government can look again at helping out with the TFL deficit, you know what I mean?

dottie30 - 17 Oct 2020 07:20:36 (#17 of 109)

'Their man' is Sean Bailey.

Forget it.

TheVoiceOfReason - 17 Oct 2020 09:33:52 (#18 of 109)

Not sure they are going to be able to take London from Khan next year

They’ve chosen Sean Bailey, who manages to make Mark Francois look like a Rhodes Scholar every time he opens his mouth. So it’s unlikely; if only they’d chosen someone else! See also Democrats and Biden.

Tinymcsmithy - 17 Oct 2020 09:34:48 (#19 of 109)

I wonder, do you think it might be Corbyn’s fault?

SinnerBoy - 17 Oct 2020 09:40:32 (#20 of 109)

He must share the blame with Khan, obviously.

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