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Transport news: TFL daily congestion charges climb to £15 in effort to recoup bailout cost

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It is believed TFL have implemented the temporary measures under the terms of its £1.6bn bailout by the Government. The daily cost of driving a car in Central London will climb from £11.50 to £15. To recoup costs, charges have also been extended by four hours from previously imposed measures.

New fees are now active from Monday to Friday between 7 am and 10 pm, seven days a week.

In May, the Government injected £1.6bn into Transport for London after TFL’s income fell by 90% due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Londoner’s were warned of the spike in costs back last month, when the Government bailout was agreed.

Speaking at the time, a mayoral source said: “The government has belatedly agreed financial support for TfL to deal with COVID-19 – as they have for every other train and bus operator in the country.

“But they have forced ordinary Londoners to pay a very heavy price for doing the right thing on COVID-19 by hiking TfL fares, temporarily suspending the Freedom Pass at busy times and loading TfL with debt that Londoners will pay for in the long run.”

TFL have revealed that car traffic in the charging zone has already been restored to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels.

The company believes the roads will become “unusably congested” if no new measures were introduced.

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The hope “as soon as possible to ensure people can follow social distancing guidelines while on the network”.

Numbers of customers using bus and Tube services have nosedived following Government orders to stay at home.

As a result of the pandemic, TFL has furloughed 7,000 staff and paused 300 construction projects.

Despite efforts to recoup costs, the transport authority still outlays 600million a month.

This comes after Transport for London have drawn up a list of groups exempt from the new regulations – the obligation to wear a face-covering on public transport – on buses and tube services.

These groups included anyone who cannot wear a face-covering without severe distress due to physical and mental impairment, as qualified by the Equality Act.

Passengers with conditions such as severe asthma will be given special exemption cards.

Speaking to the Evening standard, Londoner Shona Muraldo-Parks told the Evening Standard: “There was a couple on the bus and, as I walked past, I heard the man say to the woman: “See how people don’t have any respect.

“Then on Tuesday I went to my mum’s and the bus driver signalled for me to put on a mask.

I just said I have got asthma and he let me on.

On the bus, everyone is very worried about everyone else and I did notice people looking at me.”



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