The congestion charge in London is to increase by 30% next month.

The congestion charge in London is to increase by 30% next month and will be enforced seven days a week, as the mayor of London struggles to pay for the transport system.
The congestion charge in London is to increase by 30% next month and will be enforced seven days a week, as the mayor of London struggles to pay for the transport system.

Mayor Sadiq Khan has accused the Department for Transport (DfT) of “making ordinary Londoners pay the cost for doing the right thing on COVID-19”.

City Hall said the congestion charge will rise from £11.50 a day to £15 from 22 June. The hours of operation are also being extended to 7am to 10pm, seven days a week, instead of just weekdays.

The charge was waived during lockdown when the majority of people living in or around London were working from home or only travelling for essential reasons.

However, the £11.50 charge will be reintroduced on Monday 18 May, along with the ultra low emission zone which costs £12.50 for most vehicles and £100 for heavy lorries or coaches.

The mayor’s media office said the June increase will “encourage Londoners not to make unnecessary car journeys, and is expected to reduce journeys within the congestion charge zone by a third”.
TfL will temporarily extend the congestion charge reimbursement scheme for NHS and care home workers.

However, it has introduced other temporary measures such as stopping free travel for children and only allowing people over 60 or with a disability to travel for free outside peak hours.

Fares on buses – scrapped to help protect drivers from COVID-19 – will also be reintroduced.
The Department for Transport said the bailout means TfL will be able increase bus and Tube service levels “as soon as possible to ensure people can follow social distancing guidelines while on the network”.

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