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 includes 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 operates an emissions-based charging for diesel vehicles parking within the Marylebone LEN and now across the city.
From 26 June 2017, a 50% surcharge has applied 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. The scheme has subsequently been rolled out city-wide from August 2019.
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.
Further information can be found in the Parking-Related Low Emission Neighbourhood Initiatives Cabinet Member report.