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TfL to raise congestion charge by 30% as part of £1.6bn bailout deal

Transport for London is to raise the congestion charge by 30%, temporarily stop free travel for children and charge over-60s to travel at peak times after securing a £1.6bn bailout from the government.

Saturday, 16 May 2020

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