Congestion Charges Suspended And Timetables Changed
23 March 2020
Transport for London (TfL) has acted on the Government’s direction in response to the COVID-19 virus and is focusing on ensuring critical workers can move around as needed. People should not be using public transport or travelling for anything other than essential journeys.
Changes have already been made to TfL’s timetable to enable this to happen. Plus, to further support critical workers, Congestion Charges – Ultra Low Emission Zone and Low Emission Zone – have been suspended.
The Mayor of London announced on Friday 20 March that all road user charging schemes in the capital will be temporarily suspended. This will come into effect so that none of the charges are in operation from today, Monday 23 March, until further notice.
This move has been made to ensure London’s critical workers, particularly those in the NHS, are able to travel round London as easily as possible during this national emergency. It also supports the supply chain, the effort to keep supermarkets fully stocked and the city’s continued operation.
Government advice is that people need to limit social contact and travel should only be undertaken if absolutely necessary. The roads need to be kept clear for the emergency services and critical workers who need to get around by car. Drivers are asked to consider the wider implications when thinking about using their vehicles.
To further support vital hospital staff getting into work during these challenging times, NHS workers will be given a code that waives the 24-hour access fee for Santander Cycles, meaning any journey under 30 minutes is free. In addition to free access, docking stations near hospitals are being prioritised to ensure there is a regular supply of bikes for medical staff to use.
Many tube stations have closed, if you’re making an essential journey, please ensure you check the status of your line.