Congestion charge to increase to £15 a day because of coronavirus

The congestion charge will be raised to £ 15 a day after the government’s rescue for the London transport system, which has been hit by the impact of the corona virus pandemic.

Although the congestion charge was suspended on March 23 to help key workers move safely in a closed state, it will be reintroduced on Monday (19) at pre-closure costs.

However, as of June 22, drivers will have to pay £ 15 instead of £ 11.50 per day including weekends – instead of only on weekdays, as the current rules provide. In addition, the opening hours are temporarily extended from 6 PM to 10 PM in the evening.

Transport for London will also extend the congestion expense reimbursement scheme to help NHS and nursing home staff.

The ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) will be reintroduced on Monday, in addition to the congestion charge. Drivers of older, more polluting petrol and diesel cars have to pay £ 12.50 a day.

The increases reflect a recent government support for Transport for London (TfL) of £ 1.6 billion, consisting of a £ 1.1 billion grant and a £ 505 million loan.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “We have just reached an agreement with the government on a financing package to enable TfL to make public transport safe in London for the next four and a half months. This was necessary because Covid-19 has had a catastrophic impact on TfL’s finances, as it has with any UK carrier.

“I want to be honest and fair to Londoners – this is not the deal I wanted. But it was the only deal the government put on the table, and I had no choice but to accept it to keep the tubes and buses running.

“This deal is a band-aid. The old model of public transport financing in London simply does not work in this new reality – the revenues from fares will not cover the costs of providing services, while so few people can safely use public transport. ”