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Congestion Charges

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which congestion charging schemes' operating costs were greater than 40 per cent. of their revenue in the latest period for which figures are available; (166724)

(2) what the capital cost of introducing each congestion charging scheme in England has been.

[holding answer 21 November 2007]: There are currently three road user charging schemes in England. The Dartford Crossing and Durham charging schemes were implemented under the road user charging provisions of the Transport Act 2000, and the London congestion charge was implemented under the Greater London Authority Act 1999.

Accounts for the charging regime at Dartford are published on the Highways Agency’s website. Operating costs are below 40 per cent. of revenue. The charging scheme took over the infrastructure of the toll that preceded it.

The Department does not routinely collect information on costs and revenues of the other two schemes, in London and Durham. However we understand that revenues for the Durham scheme in the last financial year were £65,820 and operating costs £26,517.

The capital cost of introducing the Durham scheme was in the region of £175,000.

For London the published figures for 2006-07 show total revenues of £252.4 million and total costs (including depreciation and start-up costs for the western extension) of £163.3 million. The original capital cost of setting up the congestion charge in 2003 was £161.7 million.