Con­ges­tion charge idea takes flight again

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

DRIV­ERS would have to pay to en­ter a Heathrow con­ges­tion charge zone un­der pro­pos­als from the Lib­eral Democrats.

Caro­line Pid­geon, the party’s can­di­date for the Lon­don may­oral elec­tion, an­nounced the idea on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 5 say­ing: “We’ve got to do some­thing to tackle con­ges­tion in cen­tral Lon­don and in hotspots around Heathrow.”

All cars ar­riv­ing at the air­port would have to pay the fee, she said, which would be in line with the cur­rent con­ges­tion charge zone in cen­tral Lon­don.

Driv­ers would be able to pay on­line or by tele­phone, as with the ex­ist­ing ar­range­ments, and pay­ment kiosks would also be in­stalled in car parks, ter­mi­nal build­ings and ho­tels.

Heathrow sug­gested a sim­i­lar scheme in 2014 but has said it would only be in­tro­duced if other ini­tia­tives to im­prove air qual­ity were not suc­cess­ful.

Ms Pid­geon said: “It’s not just the sit­ting in traf­fic and the cost of those de­lays to busi­nesses and mem­bers of the pub­lic which is a prob­lem.

“It’s also the silent killer air pol­lu­tion, which is pre­ma­turely end­ing the lives of 10,000 Lon­don­ers a year.”

She added she would work with lo­cal coun­cils if elected and con­sult res­i­dents on how best to im­ple­ment the scheme.

The elec­tion for Mayor of Lon­don is on Thurs­day, May 5. Lon­don As­sem­bly elec­tions take place the same day.

n POL­ICY TO CUT POL­LU­TION: Lib­eral Demo­crat Lon­don may­oral can­di­date Caro­line Pid­geon has an­nounced her plan for a con­ges­tion charge at Heathrow Air­port

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