Capita to hire 900 staff af­ter win­ning £355m TfL con­tract

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Business - By Ben Gart­side

CAPITA is hir­ing 900 staff to po­lice Lon­don’s con­ges­tion charge and ul­tralow emis­sions zone af­ter strik­ing a £355m con­tract ex­ten­sion with Trans­port for Lon­don.

The new five-year deal will mean that Capita con­tin­ues to over­see the cap­i­tal’s flag­ship schemes to cut pol­lu­tion and re­duce traf­fic.

Un­der the low-emis­sion rules, driv­ers who do not meet clean en­gine cri­te­ria are charged £12.50 a day for en­ter­ing cen­tral Lon­don. The con­ges­tion charge is £15 a day for el­i­gi­ble ve­hi­cles from 7am to 10pm.

The ul­tra-low emis­sion pol­icy has been a suc­cess for TfL, help­ing drive a 44pc drop in road­side lev­els of ni­tro­gen diox­ide since the pol­icy was in­tro­duced last year. Four out of five ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing cen­tral Lon­don now meet the re­quired stan­dards to avoid pay­ing.

Capita re­vealed 200 job cuts ear­lier this year amid the chaos wrought by Covid-19. Bosses un­veiled plans in June to sell its ed­u­ca­tion soft­ware busi­ness in a deal that could be worth £500m. Shares closed up 1pc, or 0.5p, at 37.53p.

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