London's congestion charge rated a success

The world's largest urban traffic congestion charge, introduced in London in February, "has delivered" against its objectives, according to an official survey of the scheme's first six months published on Thursday. The number of vehicles entering the 22 square kilometre charging zone has fallen, journey times have speeded up and public transport has improved and is coping with extra demand, it says. Revenue will be only half of pre-launch estimates, the London's transport agency admits. But it rejects claims by some retailers that the charge has hurt trade. See press release and the report.

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