The western extension of the London congestion charge seems to be reaping dividends already, according to mayor Ken Livingstone.
The new area encompasses Kensington, Chelsea and Notting Hill. Figures from the first week of operation after the half-term holiday (from February 26) show that traffic in the new area was down by 13%.
This was in the middle of the 10-15% cut that Transport for London anticipated - however, traffic in the existing charging area had not risen at all, which is something the scheme's operators did not expect.
On the free routes through the charging zone, there was also no increase in traffic.
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