Drivers in London who drive 'between 6am and 7pm' face new £4 charge

London Mayor Sadiq Khan will introduce a brand-new £4 charge impacting 100,000 drivers in London. The move from the Labour Party Mayor has been confirmed amid a raft of driving and motoring changes in the capital city, including the controversial Ulez expansion.

Drivers are set to be charged up to £4 to use two east London tunnels under a new Transport for London plan. Transport for London has launched an eight-week consultation of the level of charges for the Blackwall and Silvertown tunnels.

It is proposing that car journeys at peak times – weekdays between 6am and 10am northbound or between 4pm and 7pm southbound – will cost £4. Under the plans, journeys at any time of day paid for by other methods will also incur a £4 charge.

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But Auto Pay users will be charged £1.50 for off-peak journeys. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Local residents and business owners currently face chronic congestion and pollution in the area around the Blackwall Tunnel.

“When it opens in 2025, the long-planned new Silvertown tunnel will help deliver quicker, more reliable journeys in east London by easing congestion and making journeys up to 20 minutes faster. The Silvertown Tunnel scheme has been years in the making, first developed back 2012.

“Since I become Mayor in 2016, we have worked to improve it, adding discounts for low-income residents and local businesses, new bus services, a bespoke cycle shuttle service and free cross-river bus and DLR transport for at least the first year.”

TfL director of strategy Christina Calderato said: “The Silvertown Tunnel is now less than a year away from opening and we are sharing our user charging scheme, so Londoners can have their say on the proposed charge levels and wide range of discounts and exemptions.

“Without introducing tunnel user charges for the Silvertown and Blackwall tunnels, there would likely be high levels of traffic and congestion, which would lead to detrimental air quality impacts, as well as longer journey times.”