Secretary of State Paul Scully has urged the Mayor of London… Sadiq Khan lifts ULEZ and congestion charges to help Londoners get around the capital during the train and tube strikes. He made his plea LBCNick Ferrari also last week requested non-essential road works that were halted during the strike.
Mr Scully said: “If you go on strike you risk other businesses, the livelihoods of others, but also the rail system across the country, including in London.
“Because we’re at a point where we’re trying to get people back to work and it’s fragile – any excuse to stop people from traveling really impacts the fare box and the financial viability of the train service.
“We don’t want to risk anyone’s job, so please sit down, it won’t help anyone.
“However, what I would also like to ask is that the railway strikes will continue, that the mayor in London will lift the congestion charge and stop non-essential roadworks on those strike days to make it easier for people to do their business and get to work. to go.”
James Sunderland, MP for Bracknell, also told Express.co.uk that temporarily lifting such measures would be a nice gesture for “stressed families”.
He said: “Yes, no doubt some commuters will be able to get through the inconvenience of working from home.
“But many won’t be able to, especially key workers, those without a car and those who depend on train travel, such as students and others who have yet to get around.
“Abolishing the congestion charge and ULEZ would be a decent gesture for those who now have to drive to London as it will only add more costs to struggling families.
Vehicles that do not meet the legal emissions requirements will be charged a daily charge of £12.50 in London’s North and South Circulars, but not on these vehicles.
Half of Britain’s rail services will be shut down during the strikes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Almost all lines leaving the capital have been affected by the union action, with some having limited service that will run between 7:30 AM and 6:30 PM.
Unions RMT and Unite staged industrial action over wages, conditions and job losses.
The AA has called for the elimination of road and parking fees across the country to prevent areas from becoming “ghost towns”.
AA President Edmund King told The Daily Telegraph: “If there are no trains to Glasgow and Edinburgh, for example, and people have to go about their business, there may be grounds for suspending parking fees for the duration of the strike.
“Otherwise, there is a danger that some areas will become ghost towns.”
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