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 Monday, February 19, 2007

that'll be a £8 please10 places in Kensington and Chelsea that now cost drivers £8 to visit

1) Hyde Park (we'll all think twice about popping down to the Serpentine with our Fortnum & Mason hampers now)
2) Portobello Road market (how is one expected to carry polenta and antiques home without forking out for a taxi?)
3) That lovely boutique on the Kings Road which sells bijou objets d'art (increased delivery charges will surely put essential services such as this out of business)
4) The Royal Albert Hall (thankfully the charge applies only to matinée performances)
5) Rupert and Olivia's private school (how will the au pair ever be able to afford to pay the newly-extended Congestion Charge every day?)
6) Sloane Square (obviously one could use public transport instead of one's car, but buses and trains are full of common people)
7) All the museums in South Kensington (does Mayor Ken not realise that the price of school coach trips will now have to rise?)
8) The Notting Hill Carnival (it's a damned shame the charge doesn't apply on Bank Holidays, because we'd rather those noisy sound systems and steel bands stayed away)
9) Harrods (although anybody who shops here can easily afford to pay £8, so it's not much of a disincentive to drive is it?)
10) Connaught Square (ha, that's slipped Tony Blair's new house just inside the zone with only a few months to spare)

that'll be a £8 please10 places to which Kensington and Chelsea residents can now drive once they've paid their £8

1) Mayfair, 2) Marylebone, 3) Westminster, 4) Soho, 5) Southwark, 6) Lambeth, 7) Covent Garden, 8) Bloomsbury, 9) Clerkenwell, 10) the City
(so traffic in the original zone is now sure to increase, because it doesn't cost K&C residents anything extra to drive there. Damn)

10 places to which we can still drive for nothing

1) Paddington, 2) Park Lane, 3) Victoria, 4) King's Cross, 5) Tower Bridge, 6) Elephant and Castle, 7) Vauxhall, 8) Earl's Court, 9) Shepherd's Bush, 10) the rest of Britain (for now)

new map of extended Congestion Charge zone [pdf]
new bus map showing CC zone and surrounding area [pdf]

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