Congestion charge idea takes flight again
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