Business Secretary Paul Scully insisted that the Mayor of London Sadik Khan lifts ULEZ and congestion charges to help Londoners travel through the capital during rail and tube strikes. He applied for AML‘s Nick Ferrari last week and also called for non-essential roadworks to be halted during industrial action.
Mr Scully said: ‘If you go on strike you risk other businesses, other people’s livelihoods, 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 that’s fragile – any excuse to stop people traveling really affects the fare box and the financial viability of the rail service.
“We don’t want to risk anyone’s job, so please get around the table, it’s not helping anyone.
“What I would also ask is to assume that the railway strikes continue, that in London the mayor lifts the congestion charge and stops non-essential roadwork on strike days to allow people to go about their business more easily to their occupations and get to work. »
James Sunderland, MP for Bracknell, also told Express.co.uk that the temporary lifting of these measures would be a nice gesture for “hard-pressed families”.
He said: “Yes, no doubt some commuters will be able to overcome the inconvenience by working from home.
“But many will not be able to, including key workers, those without cars and those dependent on train travel, such as students and others who still need to travel.
“Waiving the congestion charge and ULEZ would be a decent move for those who now have to drive to London, as it only increases costs for struggling families.
For vehicles that do not meet statutory emissions requirements, a daily charge of £12.50 is applied in the North and South London Circulars, but not on these.
Half of UK rail services will be closed during the strikes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Almost all lines out of the capital are affected by industrial action, with some providing a limited service which will operate between 7.30am and 6.30pm.
Unions RMT and Unite have launched industrial action over wages, conditions and job cuts.
The AA has called for road and parking fees to be scrapped across the country to prevent areas becoming ‘ghost towns’.
AA President Edmund King told the Daily Telegraph: “If there are no trains coming into Glasgow and Edinburgh, for example, and people have to go about their business, it might be justified to suspend parking fees for the duration of the strike.
“Otherwise there is the danger that certain areas will become ghost towns.”
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