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London's congestion charge to rise for the first time since 2011

The London congestion charge is to rise by 15% to £11.50 a day, the first hike in fees since 2011.

Fleet customers and those who pay by Autopay, will still benefit from a £1 discount, reducing the daily charge down to £10.50 a day.

Transport for London says the increase is designed to ensure the charge remains a deterrent to unnecessary use of cars in the capital.

Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer for Surface Transport, said: “These changes will ensure the Congestion Charge remains effective in managing congestion in central London."

The Congestion Charge was first introduced in February 2003, when it cost just £5 a day to travel through central London