London congestion charge to be reinstated, and will increase in June
15 May 2020
Author: Simon Harris
Drivers entering London will be subject to congestion and ULEZ charging from Monday.
The charging schemes had been suspended during the lockdown period to ensure key workers were able to drive to places of employment and ensure public transport was used by those who needed it.
The move follows a government bailout for Transport for London (TFL) amounting to £1.6 billion through a mixture of grants and loans, with conditions including the reinstatement of fares on buses, as well as restarting the congestion and ULEZ charges.
Bus and tube service levels will increase in an attempt to ensure social distancing guidlines are maintained.
The cost of the London congestion charge will increase from 22 June, from £11.50 to £15, and it will also be in force seven days a week, and until 10pm instead of 6pm.
According to a statement from the Department for Transport, mayor of London Sadiq Khan has agreed that the government will carry out an immediate and broad-ranging review of the organisation's future financial position and structure, including the potential for efficiencies.
"Two special representatives will represent the government on TFL's board, its finance committee and its programmes and investment committee, in order to ensure best value for money for the taxpayer.
"The mayor has also agreed to increase fares next year on all modes by RPI plus 1%, in line with the proposals in TfL's own business plan, in order to put the organisation on a more sustainable footing."