Congestion charging

London has had congestion charging for 13 years, generating a significant amount of revenue for re-investment in public transport and cycling, although in Glasgow's case much of the revenue could be used to make good the budget shortfall.  

"During the first ten years since the introduction of the scheme, gross revenue reached about £2.6 billion up to the end of December 2013. From 2003 to 2013, about £1.2 billion (46%) of net revenue has been invested in public transport, road and bridge improvement and walking and cycling schemes. Of these, a total of £960 million was invested on improvements to the bus network."


With a factor of roughly 10 difference in population size between London and Glasgow, Glasgow could expect to generate roughly £250 million per decade or £25M a year.  

Congestion charging has also cut traffic in central London by 10%.  With Glasgow regularly scoring low on indices of congestion, bus speeds (slowed by congestion), rates of cycling and air quality it is clear that fewer cars would not adversely impact the Glaswegian economy but would make the city centre an even more attractive destination for tourists and shoppers and a place to live and work.


Why the contribution is important

Glasgow needs to cut congestion, raise revenue, improve air quality and public transport, and increase rates of cycling and walking.  Congestion charging helps achieve all these aims.

by mekanopsis on September 30, 2016 at 12:56PM

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  • Posted by GCCBudgetConversationAdmin October 03, 2016 at 11:17

    Thank you for your contribution.

    Would you want to see the city maximise its income from parking, or use controls to reduce traffic?

    Some cities have implemented schemes such as low emissions zones or a levy on workplace parking – with income reinvested in local transport. Do you think any of those ideas would benefit Glasgow?
  • Posted by johnstonorr October 04, 2016 at 20:56

    I agree completely with the original poster, based on the sound evidence from London.

    Workplace parking levy also has strong evidence in favour despite hysterical voices against at the time of introduction - see ample evidence from Nottingham, a city growing rapidly since the levy was brought in, yet maintaining unusually high levels of public transport usage.

    Basically, anything to tackle the pollution and violence against people committed by drivers of motor vehicles in the city centre would be good. Those who drive lawfully and exercise self-restraint in their vehicle usage would have no problem with these suggestions.
  • Posted by Ernie October 05, 2016 at 11:27

    It's long overdue that the city was designed around people as opposed to designed around cars. A congestion charge would be a start but there has to be broad adoption of pedestrianisation and improved public transport. Currently there's no disincentive to people commuting by car and no real enablement of active travel options. (For example there's only 13km of segregated cycle infrastructure in the whole city.)

    There's more benefit in keeping the city air cleaner for healthy living than allowing cars in only to use them for revenue in parking charges.
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