London's Congestion Pricing Reduces Traffic 40%

Ken Livingstone says that congestion pricing was the biggest gamble of his career -- and it paid off.
June 7, 2003, 9am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"In the first official update of the effect of the scheme, the mayor's Transport for London authority will publish a study showing a 40% reduction in congestion during charging hours, compared to its own expectation of 20% to 30%. The detailed analysis suggests traffic entering the central zone has fallen by a fifth, while the number of vehicles moving around inside the zone is down by 16%. Speeds have risen to 11mph, compared to 8mph at the same time last year. However, the figures are likely to fuel criticism that the charge has been so effective that it is sucking the lifeblood out of businesses in central London."

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Published on Friday, June 6, 2003 in The Guardian Unlimited
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