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C-charge zone requested by Greenwich

Date: 07 February 2007

Greenwich Council in south-east London has appealed to the mayor of London to introduce congestion charging in its borough to tackle heavy traffic.

If granted it would be the first time the controversial road charging has been employed outside of the capital.

The borough's chances are slim and Transport for London (TfL) has said if it went ahead it would not be an expansion of the existing zone, but more a localised measure.

The mayor Ken Livingstone said such a scheme would only go ahead if there was local resident support.

Other measures are being considered to cut traffic and deter journeys within the borough.

The current congestion charge in London, which has courted much controversy from businesses hit by extra charges and administration costs, expands westward on 19 February.