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Statement: Surrey County Council’s response to London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expansion

Surrey County Council is disappointed that the Mayor of London and Transport for London has adopted the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) without addressing the key financial impacts on Surrey’s residents. Everyone can agree that the ambition to reduce car travel in order to improve air quality in London should be supported. Here in Surrey, our own Transport Plan sets out a similar vision; one of encouraging residents to travel sustainably and by public transport where possible to reduce the 41% of carbon emissions currently generated by transport in our county.

However, as raised in our formal response to the ULEZ consultation in July 2022, we are very concerned about the financial impact for a significant number of Surrey residents, communities, and businesses, particularly those in close proximity to the proposed ULEZ boundary.

A number of recommendations to help mitigate both the financial and potential environmental impacts of the expansion were proposed to the Mayor and Transport for London by Surrey County Council in the consultation response. These included extending the car scrappage scheme to Surrey residents, extending the Zone 6 Oyster Card, providing exemptions for key workers, people travelling to school and taxi drivers, funding for active travel/public transport, plus providing clear signage. We await clarity from the Mayor on these important points which have yet to be answered and will continue to lobby for measures to support our residents and businesses.

Matt Furniss

Cabinet Member for Transport, Infrastructure and Growth

Surrey County Council  

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