London’s neighbouring counties refuse to co-operate on ULEZ plans

Nearly every Home Counties council neighbouring London has announced a refusal to co-operate with London’s Mayor on the introduction of a capital-wide Ultra Low Emission Zone. The Telegraph reports that Buckinghamshire, Essex and Hertfordshire have now pledged to join Kent and Surrey in blocking the installation of any ULEZ cameras or signs warning drivers entering […]

Labour council leader calls for more time to implement ULEZ in outer boroughs

For the first time, a leading member of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s own party has called into question his plans to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone to outer London boroughs. Writing on Twitter, Barking and Dagenham Council leader Darren Rodwell has suggested that the plans need “a much more comprehensive and generous scrappage and […]

London Mayor issues high air pollution alert

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has issued a high air pollution alert this week. This follows the moderate air pollution London has been experiencing since Saturday 21st January with the continuing cold, still, and foggy conditions in London resulting in poor dispersion of vehicle emissions. Schools and boroughs will be notified of the alert […]

Police hunt bus arsonists in East London

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following four bus fires that have been started deliberately since New Year. Two fires in Walthamstow took place on Monday, 2 January – the first at 17:55hrs on a route 215 bus and the second at 19:45hrs on Tuesday, 3 January on a route 97 bus. Police say […]

Carers warn ULEZ could kill off private care homes in London

The head of a private care charity is warning that the expansion of London’s ultra-low emission zone could increase pressure on the NHS as care home staff struggle to get to work. The Telegraph quotes Professor Martin Green from Care England as saying the decision to expand the ULEZ to Greater London was “terribly unfair”. He […]

London’s ULEZ expansion plans described as “flawed”

The vehicle retailers’ industry body the National Franchised Dealers Association has reacted to the decision to expand London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone to cover the whole of the capital as “flawed”, as it will “have disproportionate effect on London’s most deprived communities and motorists.” The organisation says it opposed the idea in the recent consultation, […]

London accounts for a third of all e-scooter collisions

A third of all the UK’s e-scooter collisions in the past year occurred in the capital, with 12 people killed in crashes involving the vehicles. London’s Evening Standard reports that the Department for Transport statistics reveal on person killed was a pedestrian, and the rest e-scooter riders. Those killed include a 53-year-old man in a […]

Michael Roberts appointed new Chief Exec of London TravelWatch

London TravelWatch has appointed Michael Roberts as its new Chief Executive Officer. He will join the independent transport watchdog in January 2023 and will lead a team representing the views of millions of people who travel on London’s transport network. The organisation says his appointment comes as transport users across London face increasing challenges, with […]

LTNs blamed for fire engine delays

Analysis by the London Fire Brigade suggests that roads blocked to make way for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods contributed to 3,000 delays to engines responding to emergency calls last year. The Telegraph says firefighters experienced slowed response times 3,035 times, equivalent to 253 each month, due to “traffic calming” measures. That’s up 42% on 2020, when […]

Khan considers pay-per-mile road user charging for London

London’s mayor is considering replacing the congestion charge with a pay-per-mile road user charging scheme to help achieve a cut in road traffic he says is needed to reach Net Zero. The Telegraph quotes Sadiq Khan as saying he is “not willing to stand by and wait when there’s more we can do in London […]

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