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Calls for immediate C-charge cuts

Congestion charge sign
The west London 8-a-day road toll is to be eliminated by 2010

A council wants the London Mayor Boris Johnson to bring forward the scrapping of the western extension of congestion charge zone.

Mr Johnson announced the zone, introduced in 2007, would be scrapped following a public consultation, but said this would not happen until 2010.

Westminster Council wants the mayor to bring forward his plans to eliminate the zone in order to boost the economy.

Councillors also want the mayor to cut the hours when the charge is applied.

Christmas shoppers

Councillor Danny Chalkley said: "We hope that the mayor will now extend the usual charge-free days during the Christmas period using emergency powers to help Christmas shoppers and businesses during these difficult times."

Mr Chalkley called upon the mayor to invoke his emergency powers - intended for use during major incidents such as a terror attack - to eliminate immediately the 8-a-day toll on the western extension through Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea.

The councillor said the mayor also has the existing power to reduce the hours of operation in the western extension zone to 1300 rather than the current 1800.

Mr Chalkley said the handful of days over the Christmas period, between 24 December and 2 January when the central congestion charge does not apply, also needs to be extended in order to lure more shoppers to city businesses.

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