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Congestion Charging

Volume 403: debated on Monday 10 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the London Congestion Scheme on overcrowding on suburban rail routes into London. [100897]

Transport for London (TfL) has projected an increase in overall public transport use of 1–2 per cent. as a result of the introduction of congestion charging. TfL expect that there will be about 5,000 additional passengers on London Underground and national rail services in the morning peak (7–10 am). This is around one extra person per carriage.TfL are assessing rail patronage using both existing data and an enhanced programme of station and terminal counts at locations in and around the charging zone. TfL will be publishing a comprehensive report detailing all the effects of congestion charging early next year.