Well christmas has come early for our mayor Ken Livingstone.First he got his wishes to extend the Congestion Charging scheme despite considerable unpopularity of the scheme with businesses and residents.Most argue that the congestion charging has not really alleviated the chaotic traffic situation in London and some businesses complain of losing trade as a result of the scheme not to talk of the added expense on such concerns.Then Ken got his guilty verdict on the `Nazi Guard` brouhaha overturned on appeal. He was accused of bringing his office into disrepute by calling an Evening Standard reporter a Nazi concentration camp guard.According to him he would have been bankrupt if he lost the appeal. Can`t say some Londoners wouldn`t drink to that though. So the turkey is going to be big at chez Livingstone this chritmas.
Back to the congestion charging issue.From the 19th February 2007,the Congestion Charging zone will be extended to the west to cover Bayswater,Notting Hill, North and South Kensington, High Street Kensington, knightsbridge, Belgravia and Pimlico.
Points to Remember
There is still no charge for driving around the boundary roads of the whole Congestion Charge zone.
No charge through the zone from east to west along the Westway and from north to south along Edgware Road, Park Lane and Vauxhall Bridge Road.
Residents living in:Euston Road,Marylebone Road,Paddington,Harrow Road,Warwick Road and Earl`s Court Road may also apply for a resident`s 90% discount even though they live outside the zone.