In 2016 Westminster City Council and partners were successful in obtaining funding from the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Fund to create a Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) in Marylebone. This will include a whole range of green innovations that will help deliver cleaner air and a greener city.
The creation of the LEN provides us with an opportunity to test new parking-related initiatives in a controlled and measurable way, thereby informing any decision to roll these out on a city-wide basis.
As part of this drive to create a greener city and improve air quality, Westminster is to trial emissions-based charging for diesel vehicles parking within the Marylebone LEN. From Monday 26 June 2017, a 50% surcharge will apply to pre-2015 diesel vehicles paying to park in parking zone F (Marylebone, Hyde Park and Fitzrovia). The hourly charge for pre-2015 diesel vehicles will be £7.35. All other vehicles will continue to be charged £4.90 per hour. If your vehicle is a pre-2015 diesel vehicle, the surcharge will be added automatically at the point of purchase of your parking time.
Marylebone is situated among some of London’s most polluted roads and the area as a whole suffers from some of the highest levels of air pollution in Europe. The 50% surcharge level has been proposed to deter the heaviest polluting vehicles from parking in the zone.
Other measures being implemented include:
Further information can be found in the Parking-Related Low Emission Neighbourhood Initiatives Cabinet Member report.