The construction sector, congestion charging and exemptions

Ison, Stephen and Dainty, Andrew R. J. and Wall, Stuart (2004) The construction sector, congestion charging and exemptions. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 11 (6). pp. 386-394. ISSN 1365-232X

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In February 2003, London became the first city in the UK to introduce a comprehensive congestion-charging scheme, whereby road users are charged on a per day basis in order to use the road space. In response to concerted lobbying, a number of sectors and user groups have been granted exemptions from the charge. This paper explores the likely effect of congestion charging and the case for exempting construction delivery vehicles. A case study of a live construction project currently being undertaken in the city of London is used to illustrate the impact of the scheme. Based on this case example, it would seem that the impact of the scheme on construction companies has been fairly benign to date, but concerns relate to the longer term effect of charging on the future regeneration of city centres. Furthermore, it would appear that there are lessons to be learnt from the industry's apparent inability to bring to bear its collective weight to lobby for exemptions, which leaves it vulnerable to similar schemes under consideration in other cities both nationally and internationally.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Traffic control, Urban areas, Construction industry, United Kingdom
Faculty: ARCHIVED Lord Ashcroft International Business School (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 24 May 2011 13:33
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:18

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