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London congestion charge increase and now 7 days a week

The congestion charge in London is to increase by a third next month and will be enforced seven days a week, as the country is set to pay back 1.6 billion pound bail-out.

The bail out was needed due to the coronavirus pandemic decreasing transport revenue by 90% through lack of people travelling.

The government has confirmed a £1.6bn bailout of Transport for London (TfL) was needed.

The congestion charge will rise from £11.50 a day to £15 from 22 June. The hours of operation are also being extended to 7am to 10pm, seven days a week, instead of just weekdays.

No charges were taken during the lockdown period, however London Mayor Sadiq Khan has accused the Department for Transport of “making ordinary Londoners pay the cost for doing the right thing on COVID-19”.

The rise in fees has been said to have come in to encourage Londoners not to make unnecessary car journeys in a bid to contain the virus in the long run, and the higher fees are expected to reduce journeys within the congestion charge zone by a third.

The £11.50 charge will be reintroduced on Monday 18 May, along with the ultra low emission zone which costs £12.50 for most vehicles and £100 for heavy lorries or coaches.

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