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Congestion charging in Central London: lessons learned

Goodwin, P; (2004) Congestion charging in Central London: lessons learned. Planning Theory and Practice , 5 (4) pp. 501-505. 10.1080/1464935042000293242.

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Abstract

At the time of writing, the London newspapers are full of Ken Livingstone?s decision togo ahead with the expansion of the congestion charging zone westwards. The tone of thecommentary is ?a step too far?, or perhaps, ?too fast?. A number of the commentatorshave reinvented themselves as supporters of the first scheme, but are now not surewhether to call the new plan leadership or hubris.Hubris?insolent pride leading to nemesis?however, is not a new accusation againstthe Mayor, and the first thing to say must surely be to acknowledge his authority in thismatter. He has, after all, succeeded not only in implementing an idea which academicsand advisers have spent the best part of half a century discussing, but has done soquickly, fielding great controversy, and successfully. At a time when his once and nowrejoined political party has not been at its high point, he has gained re-election with abetter voting support than his political colleagues, and most political commentators saythat congestion charging has gained him votes, not lost them.So there is a simple proposition about the politics of implementing road pricing: at the moment, the Mayor and Transport for London know more about this than anybody elsedoes.This does not prove they are right, of course, but it does affect the tone of anyassessment, especially in relation to the central question, which is this: is the Londonexperience unique or the signal to much wider implementation?

Type: Article
Title: Congestion charging in Central London: lessons learned
DOI: 10.1080/1464935042000293242
Additional information: Imported via OAI, 7:29:01 3rd Nov 2005
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1264
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