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Expand the C-Charge

Pressure is mounting for a London-wide road pricing scheme after two of the London Mayoral candidates last week launched policies based around a Greater London road charging scheme.

Transport policies of Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick and Green Party candidate Sian Berry, advocate extending the central London scheme across the Capital.

Paddick plans for a 24/7 Greater London congestion charge that would see non-residents charged a flat £10 to enter the city.

Under Green candidate Sian Berry's vision, a more "sophisticated" scheme would be developed under which the most congested streets in Greater London would be charged at the most congested times of day. This is preferable to expanding London's existing congestion charge zone outwards and thereby giving more and more people exemptions to the scheme.

Berry's vision was backed by lobby group London First, which represents London's biggest businesses.

"We advocate more sophisticated road charging that focuses on congestion hot spots and is tailored to local economies," said a spokesman.

Meanwhile, sustainable transport lobbyist Campaign for Better Transport (CfBT) also backed a "more tailored" congestion charge to tackle congestion hotspots on the outskirts of London.

"A charge to enter Greater London will do nothing about London residents driving around within London," said CfBT London campaigner Richard Bourn.


Paddick and Berry's transport vision

Berry

- 20mph default speed limit on virtually all London roads.

- Abolition of one way systems and gyratories.

- All night tube services at weekends.

- A ban on cars entering the West End on Sundays.

- Off peak fares for tubes and buses would be cut by 20p.

Paddick

- Build high speed rail link to Heathrow Airport.

- Unlimited bus journeys on one Oyster Card payment within one hour.

- Scrap charges for late payment on congestion charge.

- Guards introduced on one tube carriage between 9pm and last train home.

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