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14/02/03
Road to Congestion Charge Looks Clear Ahead
- More motorists than expected to switch to public transport

THE CONGESTION CHARGE is set to leave the roads in central London clearer than expected, according to a report commissioned by the London Assembly.

"The scheme will be good news for motorists," predicted John Briggs, chairperson of the London Assembly Transport Committee. Polling suggests that 9,000 more motorists than expected will forsake their cars in favour of public transport.

There is a down side to all this; the publicity campaign to persuade ex-motorists to travel by bus appears to have had little effect as most plan to switch to the Tube instead. It is estimated over 10,000 extra people will use the Tube in the first week of the Congestion Charge (CC), compared to 4,000 extra on the busses.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone has put a lot of faith in the potential of busses to take up the transport slack, having pledged to spend the bulk of the money raised through CC on new and more frequent busses. But the polling figures fall well short of Livingstone's target of 14,000 extra people using busses to get into the centre of town.




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