England & Wales (overview)
visitors to the UK think everything is close to London. The distance
between towns outside of London can be timed at average 30-40mph
To Cambridge is 60 Miles,
To Oxford is 65 miles,
To Cardiff is 160 Miles,
To Birmingham is 120 Miles minimum
roads are very crowded, but courteous!
times can vary, especially in rush hours.
London average speed is 12miles an hour!
has two cities - Westminster (Royalist) & Corporation of London
was made the capital of England by the Roman invaders before Jesus Christ
Private Hire(Minicabs), London Taxis, London Buses & Emergency Services
are exempt from the Congestion Charge & do not have to pay the congestion
charge, so this means you don't pay £8 when you use Private Hire.
started 17th February 2003.
2007: CHARGE IS NOW £8)
Congestion Charge is to reduce traffic delays and it seems to have worked
- it has also gained support for it's extension to the M25 borders.
New Extension had a lot of local opposition, but it was pushed through
to take effect from 1st Feb 2007.
we have spoken to many of our colleagues and peers in and around London
and the general consensus is that traffic surrounding the charge area
has seen an increase in traffic, but was worse at the start of the first
year than it is now, since drivers have found new routes!
at first the scheme did not seem to have the planning done correctly,
it now seems that the scheme has indeed worked and could be successful
extended to stop commuters clogging up Londoner's Roads and Lungs!
NEW EXTENDED CONGESTION
CHARGING ZONE (Feb
'LONDONERS' DON'T START ACTING SOON, LONDON CHILDREN & GRAND CHILDREN
WILL BE SUFFERING FROM INCREASED BREATHING DIFFICULTIES! - THIS WILL
BECOME A REAL PROBLEM AND ONLY YOU CAN HELP!
IS ONE OF THE CLEANEST 'BIG CITIES' IN THE WORLD - LET'S KEEP IT THAT
From 2003 until 2006, We asked our website visitors...
"Do you think congestion charge is a good idea?"
-Although the response was not that high, we got the following results...
people were skeptical about the system, whether it would work and
whether it was just another tax. Although most thought the CC seemed
to have reduced traffic in the Zone itself, the price was a little
high and the Public Transport System needed to improve significantly
to make it work better.
the price for driving in London is £8.00 !!!
for your comments - this topic is now closed and for website visitors
will congestion charging start?
Congestion charging in central London started on 17 February 2003. New
Western Zone starts February 2007.
will the charge apply?
Congestion charging will apply between 7am and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday,
excluding Public Holidays.
Where will the charge apply?
The New 2007 boundary of the congestion charging zone is as follows...
The 'Inner Ring Road' linking Euston Road, Pentonville Road, City Road,
Commercial Street, Mansell Street, Tower Bridge, Elephant and Castle,
Vauxhall Bridge Road, Embankment, Chelsea Embankment, Earl's Court Road(South
of Pembroke Road). Holland Road, West Cross Route, Scrubs Lane, Harrow
Road, A40 West Way, Marylebone Road back to Euston Road.
I have to pay £8 every time I cross the boundary of the congestion
No, it's a daily charge! You will not have to pay £8 every time
you cross the boundary of the congestion charging zone. If you have paid
the charge for the day of your journey, you will be able to drive in and
out of the zone as many times as you like. There are no tollbooths or
will happen if I drive in the zone but don't pay the charge?
The charge is £8 if you pay by midnight on the day of travel or
£10 if you pay by midnight the following charging day. If still
not paid by midnight following the day of travel, and your vehicle has
been identified by the cameras, the registered owner will be sent a Penalty
Charge Notice for £60.00 which will be reduced to £30.00 if
paid within 14days. If still unpaid by the 30th day, the law states that
Transport for London can impound your car, and if the fine is not paid,
and vehicle remains uncollected, after 3 months, the impounded vehicle
will be crushed. (Our suggestion is to pay before entering the zone!)
I help reduce congestion?
- Park properly! Bad
parking gives the local council more excuses to put more Traffic Warden
on the streets to fine the rest of London's drivers who park sensibly
and it clogs up the roads! Delivery Drivers are the worst at parking!!
- Bus Drivers can pull
right into Bus Stops and stop blocking the roads up! Most drivers
will let you back in if you are courteous!
- Drivers, let Public
Transport Vehicles, Taxis and Minicabs in and out of traffic lines,
at junctions, turnings & Bus Stops etc. Every passenger carried
is one less car on the road to hold you up!!!
out of yellow boxes at road junctions until the road ahead is clear!
- If traffic
light start to turn red/orange - STOP! You will be first to go again
when they go green again and will catch up with the car in front again
in no time!
- If you
are a pedestrian - stay out of the road - cross at proper marked crossings!
- DO NOT JUMP RED LIGHTS! You only live once!!!
out of bus lanes, even if they are no buses around you - cycles &
Taxis use them too!
a Train, Cab/Taxi, Bus or buy a bicycle! - you'll be doing something
for the environment and our Great City! (Plus bonus for your Health!)
make unnecessary journeys, parents (MUMS!) - COLLECT YOUR KIDS BY
FOOT, IT'S BETTER FOR THEM & YOU!
don't forget... SMILE!
One smile can avoid confrontation & relieve stress!