Mayor to explore freight ban or charging in bid to improve London’s roads

Boris Johnson has called on TfL to identify the “potential benefits and challenges” of a freight ban or charge on HGVs in central London during peak times.

His directive comes shortly after the London Assembly members voted unanimously to introduce a rush-hour lorry ban in the capital.

The feasibility work will form part of a package of reform measures aimed at ensuring the long-term success of the capital’s roads.

More than 90% of freight in London is transported by road, with goods vehicles accounting for 30% of traffic during morning rush-hour.

The mayor has asked TfL to look at better ways of managing freight, such as options for banning or charging certain vehicles at certain times of the day, and more incentives to encourage use of consolidation centres.

In addition, TfL will look to streamline payments for the various charging schemes that already apply in London such as the LEZ and Congestion Charge, as well as future tolls proposed for the Blackwall Tunnel and new Silvertown tunnel.

This would be combined with a proposal to devolve the £500m in VED paid by Londoners each year to enable TfL to spend the revenue on local roads, as it is currently spent on the Strategic Road Network outside of the capital.

A network of smaller tunnels and ‘flyunders’ will also be explored to relieve congestion and free up land.

One million extra road trips per day are being added to the London’s transport network every five years, with the do-nothing scenario seeing congestion boosted by 60% over the next 15 years in central London, 25% in inner London and 15% in outer London.

A report produced by New London Architecture, in collaboration with TfL, looks at the history of the capital’s road network and proposes a number of possibilities to improve streets for the future.

It suggests that drawing upon the experiences of other European cities “grappling” with the challenges of air quality, safety and congestion could be useful for London: “For example, Paris, Warsaw and Madrid have introduced bans for HGVs within their central areas. The largest scheme, in Paris, was introduced in 2007 to tackle poor air quality, and operates between 5pm and 10pm.”

Lib-Dem mayoral hopeful Caroline Pidgeon last month called for a rush-hour HGV ban as part of her proposed freight strategy for London.








  • sdipett

    Hhhmm Interesting idea banning LGV’s from delivering all the paperclips and coffe cups for Boris and the other idiots in power in London. How do they propose we deliver everthing they need without going in during the LLCS hours of operation and rush hour? who is going to pay for the army of other smaller vehicles and drivers that will undoubtedly replace LGV’s?
    Maybe changing the bylaws in London making compulsory training, insurance, wearing of safety gear, obeying Road Traffic Law and compulsory use of cycle lanes should be brought in a bit like the
    “legal” requirement to retro fit class 6 mirrors.
    As a LGV driver i am not keen on bringing a lorry into town not just because of the VRU issue but also the indescriminate way the cameras are used for everything like “yellowbox junctions” we cannot cross fully with 40′ of trailer in rush hour, so here is a drivers idea, build a number of consolidation centers at various points around the M25 with secure parking to meet the Drivers Hours Rules etc (something missing in London) and let Boris and his mates fetch all the stuff on pushbikes.

  • Graham Manchester

    Nothing about trying to make the vehicles that are in the city more efficient then?