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|Congestion Charge Means Less Jams
- Report shows 40 per cent decrease in hold-ups
THE CONGESTION Charge is even more successful than its planners believed possible, a new report has found.
Transport for London, who might not be entirely unbiased on the issue, say that traffic jams in central London in February to April 2003 have gone down by 40 per cent when compared to the same period in 2002.
After staking much of his political capital on the road pricing scheme, London Mayor Ken Livingstone was understandably buoyed up by the findings. "Fewer traffic jams and faster, more-reliable journey times into and within central London are good for business, tourism and Londoners," he said.
Others are not so sure. Motorist group the Automobile Association questioned the accuracy of TfL's report and others have pointed out that the February to April period in 2002 was marked by some huge road works in central London.