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Survey Shows Some Support for Extending Congestion Charge

15 August 2003

A new poll highlights significant differences in levels of public support for extending the congestion charging zone across the London boroughs.

A survey commissioned by the London Assembly's Transport Commission found that just over half (53 per cent) of residents in Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster would be in favour of the scheme covering all of their borough, with 38 per cent opposed.

Resistance was greater, however, in other areas of London, with only 16 per cent of residents in Havering and Croydon, and around a third in Tower Hamlets, Haringey and Richmond, expressing support.  Opinion was apparently more favourable when residents were asked whether they endorsed an extension to road-pricing limited to their town centre.

"The poll results show the remarkable success of the capital’s congestion charging scheme", commented Committee Chair Lynne Featherstone AM. "A mere five months after its introduction, a majority of residents in some parts of London already want to share in the benefits of road pricing, while in the rest of the capital a significant minority think the same.

"Road pricing, in conjunction with improvements in public transport, is the only way forward for tackling our congested cities. The Mayor has done a good job so far in bringing along the public on road pricing but our survey shows that he still has much work to do."

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