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Congestion charging timetable still under review


Your article on congestion charging in London (NCE 14 September) was rather premature in claiming that the London Assembly had decided that the timetable for implementing the London Mayor's policy on congestion charging was 'too tight' and 'unjustifiable'.

Over the past two weeks, six members of the London Assembly have been hearing evidence from expert witnesses on all aspects of the proposed scheme - social impacts right through to the technology necessary to successfully implement the scheme.

It is true that the subject of timing has been discussed several times at the scrutiny committee with expert witnesses from both Racal and WS Atkins expressing concern over the timetable.

However, it is only after the committee has heard the views of all experts and people involved in the development and implementation of the scheme, including the Mayor himself, that we will report our findings. It is then the job of the Mayor to give our report serious consideration.

Lynne Featherstone, London Assembly member and chair of congestion charging scrutiny committee, Greater London Authority, Romney House, Marsham Street, London SW1P 3PY

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