Sadiq Khan targets parking spaces outside homes and offices to tackle congestion

Parking spaces will be banned from new homes and office blocks in parts of London under a plan to reduce car use, Sadiq Khan has announced.

The mayor said he wants to reduce road congestion and air pollution with his draft Transport Strategy.

Under the scheme, car parking spaces will not be allowed as part of residential developments which have the best public transport links, while new offices in the centre of the capital will not be able to include commuter or visitor parking.

Cars parked on a residential street in London. (Lauren Hurley/PA)
Cars parked on a residential street in London. (Lauren Hurley/PA)

Spaces for disabled people to park will still be allowed and cycle parking will be increased in several areas, including outside shops and student accommodation.

The measures, which will be subject to a public consultation, represent the latest in a series of efforts to boost air quality.

A £10 toxicity T-Charge was introduced last month in central London for vehicles which do not meet the Euro 4 emissions standard, which is generally those registered before 2006.

It covers the same area and operating times as the existing congestion charge zone, which runs on weekdays between 7am and 6pm.

From April 2019 the ULEZ will replace the T-Charge to help tackle London's lethal
air pollution

-- TfL Public Affairs (@TfLPA) November 3, 2017

Islington Council announced earlier this month that it will be the first UK local authority to raise the price of short-stay parking for diesel vehicles across an entire borough.

The surcharge will cost affected motorists £2 an hour on top of existing hourly fees, which range from £1.20 to £6.

Air pollution causes an estimated 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK and is linked to health problems from childhood illnesses to heart disease and even dementia.

Mr Khan said only around a third of the capital's residents do enough walking and cycling each day to stay healthy and "getting more Londoners active" will improve their quality of life and the environment.

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