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I have chosen to speak about the Congestion Charge which was introduced in London.

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Congestion charging I have chosen to speak about the Congestion Charge which was introduced in London. I chose this subject as I feel that it is a focus on current affairs and it may well have an effect on us in the near future. London has always been a bustling capital, but it seems that it can no longer take the strain. It is said that 2 million people live in central London and 1 million people enter with 400,000 vehicles an hour. And yet the average speed is only 2.9 mph. This is a statistic that London shouldn't be proud of. If you put this up against a horse and cart from the 1900's for a race, then the horse and cart would win. It is said that 50% of time spent within the boundaries are also spent stationary and that on average there is 3 minutes of delay for every mile in the charging zone. ...read more.

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It was predicted that up to 4km of traffic would encircle the boundary for up to 6 hours when the charge was introduced. If the government really want to reduce the congestion, then maybe they should raise the charge to �15 or maybe even �20. At least this would make people stop and think twice. The cameras are not thought to be good enough for the job. Also it is thought that the database does not pick up 10% - 15% of car's number plates. Many people are already finding ways to avoid paying like buying motorcycles, which are excluded from the charge. This whole concept is to encourage people to use public transport more. The central line was closed around the time the charge was introduced, and it was thought the starting date might be delayed. ...read more.

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But it was said that the charge would produce an income of �130 million per year and all this will be fed back into the system. Other schemes are in place in Toronto and Singapore, but does this necessarily mean that London can pull it off as well? I feel that action should be taken, but a lot more planning and looking at the consequences should be taken into account. Other options could be to restrict the amount of cars entering the zone or as I said before raise the charge to maybe �15. Also some of the raise money should be put into the health and education systems. Although traffic levels and congestion in Central London have decreased even more than predicted, many groups are still unhappy. The shopkeepers are upset because they have lost trade, and even the people running the scheme are not entirely happy because the amount of money they expected to raise from the charge is less than they expected. ...read more.

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