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Westminster council to fight congestion charging


WESTMINSTER CITY Council will seek legal advice following this week's approval of congestion charging in the capital to 'go live' on 17 February 2003.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone has approved plans to impose a £5 charge, 7am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday on motorists using a 21km 2zone in central London.

Transport for London (TfL) estimates that the scheme will raise a net revenue of £130M per annum, to be spent on the capital's transport system.

However, Westminster City Council believes that improvements to public transport have not been delivered.

'We warned the Mayor that his scheme will not reduce congestion and that it will divide communities around the boundary zones. The scheme is also technically flawed, ' said leader of the council Simon Milton.

TfL said that it expects the scheme to cut traffic levels by 10-15%. It has set aside £100M over three years for traffic management schemes to cope with the displaced traffic.

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