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London congestion charging could be suspended


LONDON'S PLANNED congestion charging scheme could be suspended if monitoring shows that traffic congestion is too high on the boundaries of the scheme, Transport for London (TfL) has said.

With imminent approval by London Mayor Ken Livingstone expected for the scheme, TfL was seeking to reassure the Greater London Assembly congestion charging scrutiny committee that montoring was in place on potential congestion hotspots, including areas near Tower Bridge, Kennington and Vauxhall Bridge.

'We've been assured that the monitoring system that TfL will put in place will be able to tell very quickly if something is going wrong and that the scheme will be suspended until it is sorted out, ' said committee chair Lynne Featherstone.

Monitoring, which will include 250 TV cameras, will swiftly build up statistics on congestion that will be compared with 'baseline figures' that are deemed acceptable.

A TfL spokesman said that, while adjustment of traffic signals to relieve tailbacks was far more likely, it would be in the Mayor's power to suspend the scheme.

INFOPLUS www. london. gov. uk

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