The new congestion charge map (click to enlarge).
Old congestion charge map (click to enlarge).
As of this year the boundaries of London congestion charging zone have changed. Kensington, Notting Hill, North-Kensington, Bayswater, Paddington, Pimlico, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Chelsea and South-Kensington are no longer inside the this area where motorists have to pay for passing through.
What effect will this have on the residents of these areas?
+ Car owners don’t have to pay the congestion charge unless they drive to the zone;
+ Small businesses will do better.
- It might get pretty noisy as there are more cars on the street;
- Mr. Sebastian Shakespeare fears there is a correlation between lower burglary rates and the introduction of the C-charge in 2003. He has no proof but look at the statistics: residential burglary rates are on the decrease (down 6.9 per cent in London, and Kensington and Chelsea is below the average).