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Mon, 20 Nov 2006

Congestion Charge Returning to Stockholm

Stockholm's congestion fee scheme is coming back. After a 7-month trial ending in July, which resulted in a 20% reduction in peak-hour traffic and decrease in the number of accidents, residents of Stockholm voted 53% in favour of makgin it permanent. Neighbouring municipalities voted against it.

Now a conservative (by Swedish standards) politician who voted against it has the job of implementing a new version of the plan. He says the money will be used on road building, but that a complete transportation planning exercise, including public transit, would follow.

The Stockholm fees, about $2, are a fraction of what is charged in London or in Singapore, about $15 in both cases.




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