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Ken Livingstone endeared himself to his audience at the Institution of Highways & Transportation's (IHT) annual lunch with some candid reflections on congestion charge first-day nerves. 'We were standing there, looking out of the window down on to Tower Bridge, expecting gridlock, and there was not a single vehicle in sight and I was thinking, 'oh shit, we've overdone it'. It's the only thing I have ever done that worked better than I expected.'

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