Proposed Western Extension to the London Congestion Charging Zone — Our part in its downfall
The Western Extension of the London Congestion Charge Zone was introduced in February 2007 despite overwhelming public opposition in the previous public consultation exercise.
In July 2008, recently elected Mayor Boris Johnson announced that there was to be a fresh consultation on the Western Extension of the London Congestion Charge. This was a promise in his Mayoral election manifesto. This is what he said in a press release issued at that time:
“The previous Mayor made the decision to introduce the western extension in the face of overwhelming opposition. Unlike my predecessor, I am going into this with an open mind and this will be a genuine consultation. It is high time that politicians listened to the people whom they represent and I am proud to keep the pledge made during my election campaign to hold a further consultation. Londoners can be assured that, whether they stand for or against, this time their opinions will be respected and we will abide by the results.
The western extension is a massive issue for those that live and work in the west of our city and the consultation is likely to elicit strong views. This is not a referendum, so it won't be limited to a 'do you or don't you want to keep it?’
Yes, there will be the option to scrap it, but there will also be other options including keeping it and changing certain aspects of it, like whether it should operate all day. But this will be an opportunity for everyone with experience of the extension to tell me whether they want to see it removed, improved or if they are simply unmoved.”
A press release was issued by the ABD following the publication of the Sixth Annual Monitoring Report on the London Congestion Charge by TfL. The TfL report gave some details on how ineffective the Western Extension was at reducing traffic congestion.
On the 1st September 2008 the consultation was launched. The ABD issued a press release explaining why the consultation document was grossly misleading and advising people how to vote, and responded in full to the consultation.
The ABD co-operated with the West London Residents Association on this campaign who were the most active organisers of opposition to the Western Extension for several years.
On the 27th November 2008 the Mayor, Boris Johnson, announced that he was planning to scrap the Western Extension of the London Congestion Charge by 2010 after formal public consultation.
There was a further consultation on this matter as part of the consultation on the Mayors Transport Strategy in 2010 and a final statutory consultation on it in May 2010 (and on other changes to the Congestion Charge scheme). We also responde dto this consultation.
The Mayor published his final decision on this matter on the 20th October 2010, and the zone was shut down on Christmas Eve 2010.
Full details about this campaign can be seen on ABD London's page: Western extension.
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