Tuesday, 23 December 2008

West London top of the table in congestion league

Congestion in London is at its highest in the area soon to be stripped of it's congestion charge, a new map shows.

The image, released in response to Assembly member questions, shows that while congestion in the centre of London is low, it remains high in the Western Extension Zone and outlying area.

Top of the table are the two boroughs bordering what Hammersmith and Fulham Council leader Stephen Greenhalgh called West London's 'Berlin wall'.

Greenhalgh, whose borough leads the table, insists that the Western Extension actually increased congestion in his area by routing traffic through it to avoid the charge.

A widespread gas and water works programme has also kept congestion in the area artificially high.

But with 30,000 fewer cars entering the WEZ every day, Boris's decisions to axe the charge will surely only make a  congested West London, ever more congested still.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

This proves once and for all that the WEZ didn't work. We were paying £8 a day to remain the most congested part of london thanks to Ken.

Anonymous said...

Your anti-Johnson propagandizing is as tedious as ever.

Having lived in Ealing for many years, I know the roads very well. I'd be amazed if there is any credible data indicating a reduction in congestion as a result of Livingstone's tax, beyond normal variation. This definitely was not my own experience.

The traffic hot spots are as bad as ever, and anyway they're nowhere near the charging zone: A406 northbound from Chiswick Roundabout to Hanger Lane Gyratory, Uxbridge Road east and westbound at South Road, Southall (obstacle course of empty bendy buses...subsidized by charge-paying drivers), Western Avenue at Polish War Memorial and connected routes (Church Road and Mandeville Road), A406 southbound from Park Royal.

If there had ever been a case for an extension, it would have been eastwards into Tower Hamlets, where the congestion is truly an extension of the centre's arterial routes, and truly awful.

Of course, as we know, that was never going to happen under Livingstone.

Appealing of Ealing

The Troll said...

As I pointed out, congestion is still high in the WEZ but the number of vehicles going in is dramatically lower (by 30,000 in the WEZ and 70,000 in the central zone). That's by TfL's own figures. If you have other figures then I would be happy to see them.

There is a case that traffic has re-routed outside of the zone as I pointed out above (that must be my propaganda machine again) but surely scrapping the zone will also bring in traffic to H+F on the way to Kensington.

There is a case against the WEZ as I have detailed before (being the propagandist I am) however, it doesn't deal with the central issue which is that if you allow 30,000 vehicles back into the zone then congestion will still get much worse.

As for what yo say about congestion eastwards, by these figures above it is clearly bad, but not as bad as the situation in West London. Again, if you have any other figures which say otherwise I would be happy to see them.

Tom said...

Hmm, something's not quite right here. For one thing this is the TLRN only, and I think there's actually very little of that in the WEZ, since roads like Westway, West Cross Route and Park Lane are outside it.

The problem here in West London is that we haven't got a well-developed rail network, but since neither party is going to give us one and the residents opposed the last effort to do anything constructive we'd better get used to it. Car *use* is therefore higher here, which is why congestion is higher.

Barry Rochford said...

What is the size of the hole in Boris's budget by cancelling the WEZ? That will emerge soon, I think.
It is unlikely that an extension would cut traffic as much as the original zone, as some traffic will aready have bene dealt with, but the problem of congestion in West London is likely now to rise looking at this data.
How much the economic collapse will affect things is hard to tell because it is also likely that less people will have cars to use - we may soon see the first decrease in car usage in living memory - so the problem of congestion may be reduced by Norman Tebbitt acolytes getting on their bikes around the capital looking for work. Grim thought, that.

The Troll said...

I did have the figure for the estimated cost of scrapping the WEZ but I can't put it to hand at the moment.

Can anyone help?