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Mistake Ken


Opposition to the notion of road tolls or congestion charging will continue to grow unless the government and Ken Livingstone realise that much more investment in public transport is needed first.

In its recent study Motoring Towards 2050, the RAC Foundation concluded that in the future charging will be required, although it will only be acceptable if introduced alongside road improvements, better traffic management, fuel duty reductions and enhanced public transport.

Unless the aim is to keep congestion and hence charges down, through investment in roads and rail, the Foundation remains implacably opposed to charging.

This assessment concurs with Westminster Council's view that without major improvements in public transport, most importantly the Tube, any congestion charging scheme in London would be a disaster for the capital.

It is wrong to tax motorists off the road when there is no decent alternative.

Councillor Kit Malthouse, deputy leader, Majority Party, Westminster City Council

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