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Congestion Charge Technology Trials

7 October 2003

Transport for London is planning to undertake trials of new IT solutions to enhance the capital's hi-tech congestion charge scheme, which could pave the way for further expansions of electronic road pricing.

The transport authority is looking to explore the suitability of a wide range of technologies available for tracking and detecting vehicles. These are expected to include third-generation mobile phone technologies, digital route-mapping, automated traffic monitoring, as well as 'tagging' systems.

With the congestion charging scheme introduced in central London in February considered an overall success, the work is intended to support plans for possible extensions to the project, and assess how these would link up with other road pricing schemes.

Transport for London is now appointing consultants to provide input and technical services into the projects. The framework contracts are valued at an estimated £2-5 million over the next three years.

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