Confusion reigns over TfL's Congestion Zone signs

You have to hand it to Ken Livingstone and his Transport for London team. They will try any trick in the book to confuse critics. Some months ago I tried to tell TfL that some if its Congestion Zone signs were inadequate. Access to charge-free Westway fr

You have to hand it to Ken Livingstone and his Transport for London team. They will try any trick in the book to confuse critics.

Some months ago I tried to tell TfL that some if its Congestion Zone signs were inadequate. Access to charge-free Westway from NW London via the Harrow Road sucks drivers into a short stretch of the Charge zone, without clear warning ahead of entry. So drivers are trapped into paying a fine and there are no grounds for appeal on poor signing.

Both TfL and Ken Livingstone ignored my complaint until Glenda Jackson and Angie Bray of the opposition took it up.

TfL then sent a collection of photographs which superficially seemed to show clear signs. But close scrutiny showed that out of nine photographs, five were of signs INSIDE the zone or in one way streets into the zone, and thus completely irrelevant; the remaining pictures just confused the issue.


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I offered Graeme Craig, Interim Director of the Congestion Charging Scheme, the opportunity to challenge the inescapable conclusion that TfL had mislead and confused. His reply was simply that "the signage is adequate".

I can't help thinking that the sooner there is a shakeup in City Hall the better.

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Barry Fox

Belsize Grove

London NW3

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