Low Emission Neighbourhood Initiatives

We are currently running a consultation on the city-wide expansion of the diesel surcharge scheme and would welcome your views. The consultation ends on 12 September 2018.

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.

Diesel vehicles

As part of this drive to create a greener city and improve air quality, Westminster is trialling emissions-based charging for diesel vehicles parking within the Marylebone LEN.

From 26 June 2017, a 50% surcharge applies 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 is £7.35. All other vehicles continue to be charged £4.90 per hour. If your vehicle is a pre-2015 diesel vehicle, the surcharge is 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 steps we are taking

  • expansion of on-street electric charging provision
  • extension of the optical sensor technology proof of concept trial in taxi ranks, informing taxi drivers of real time parking availability
  • deployment of Air Quality Champions to support the wider anti idling work of the parking services team and the wider council

Further information can be found in the Parking-Related Low Emission Neighbourhood Initiatives Cabinet Member report.


Last updated: 28 August 2018
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