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Comments on London’s transport systems

Posted in Models, Research by fedwards on March 27th, 2008

The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #52, 25 March 2008, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar,

London Bike Plan
“London will adopt a bicycle hire scheme similar to a popular initiative in Paris under a $1 billion cycling investment package announced by the mayor on Monday. Under the plan, part of a series of environmental measures due in coming days, 6,000 bicycles will be available for hire from ranks every 300 metres throughout the city centre. London, which accounts for seven percent of Britain’s climate changing carbon emissions and is at the forefront of efforts by major cities around the world to combat global warming, plans to cut carbon emissions by 60 percent by 2025. The Paris bike scheme lets riders with an electronic card take a bike from one rank and return it at another rank anywhere in the city. It has proven popular, transforming traffic in the French capital since it came into operation last July.”
Ref: Jeremy Lovell, Reuters, 11/2/08

London Congestion Charge Increase
“Driver’s of fuel-guzzling cars will have to pay $53 a day to enter central London, triple the present general congestion charge. But the most fuelefficient vehicles will get a free ride.”
Ref: MX 13/2/08

London Low Emission Zone
“[Trucks over twelve tonnes driving around London] will be fined up to £200 per day if they are found to be over EU pollution standards in an attempt to improve the city’s poor air quality. …Cameras around the zone will check their number plates against a database of vehicles registered as meeting the EU’s ‘Euro’ limits on emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) – two pollutants found in exhaust fumes that are blamed for serious health and environmental problems. …The scheme will be extended to cover buses and coaches in July and to large vans and minibuses in October 2010. Transport for London (TfL), which is implementing the £49 million project, says it will improve quality of life for Londoners and reduce the number of people suffering from asthma, cardiovascular disease and other health conditions, cutting healthcare bills by £250 million.”
Ref: World Business Council for Sustainable Development 4/2/08

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One Response to “Comments on London’s transport systems”

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    June 21st, 2008 at 1:09 am

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