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London has some of the world’s top sights to see. Visitors can see amazing attractions such as the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and much more.
Driving in London is challenging, particularly at peak times. If you find that a car journey is essential, it's important to know there is a Congestion Charge, an Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) and Low Emission Zone (LEZ) to navigate through.
In addition to the single and double yellow lines, you will notice Red Routes. On Red Routes you'll find red lines parallel to the kerbside, which means “no stopping” at any time, but there are exceptions for licenced taxis and blue-badge holders. Fines are currently £160 (May 23) for stopping on a Red Route, driving in bus lanes, blocking yellow box junctions and making illegal turns.
London is easy to get to by road via the UK's motorway network. The M1, M3, M4, M11, M20, M25 and M40 motorways are in or near London and the capital has a multitude of major A-roads. All of London's motorways intersect with the M25 orbital motorway. London's airports are also well connected by road. However, if you must use the eastern section of the M25 regularly, you'll likely need to pay the Dartford Crossing charge.
The best tips for driving in London are:
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London’s Controversial Clean Air Zone policy is a devolved plan implemented by the elected London Mayor and sanctioned by the elected London Assembly. Its' basic principle is to clean the air in London by charging motorists a fee. There are three zones as follows:
The Congestion Charge Zone operates in central London. Congestion Charge zone operates from 07:00-18:00 Mon-Fri, 12:00-18:00 Sat-Sun and bank holidays. No charge between Christmas Day and New Year's Day bank holidays (inclusive). The daily charge is £15 per day(May 23). Battery cars are exempt until 26/12/2025
The Ultra Low Emission Zone, ULEZ, operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The charge for non-compliant cars, i.e. Euro 4 (Petrol) and Euro 6 (Diesel) Daily ULEZ, is £12.50. The fee is the same for drivers of small and medium size vans up to 3.5 tonnes; minibuses, horse boxes and other specialist vehicles must also comply with Euro 4 and Euro 6 standards (generally post-2016). Larger non-compliant commercial vehicles must pay the wider Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charges.
Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is expanding across all London boroughs from 29 August 2023. This will cover the same area as the current LEZ zone. The best way to pay your fees is to register with the Transport For London auto-pay; this is free to apply and ensures that you don’t incur heavy penalties for missing a payment.
The Low Emission Zone, in general, is inside the M25 circular. Lorries, vans, or specialist heavy vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW) and buses/minibuses or coaches over 5 tonnes GVW must meet the minimum emission standard: Euro 6. Charges are. Non-UK vehicles must be registered in advance.
Driving an HGV over 12 tonnes, you must obtain a permit Direct Vision Standard (DVS) to operate within the LEZ, UK and Non-UK registered vehicles. This is free to apply and subject to a direct penalty notice if not obtained.
London has about a third of all EV chargers in the UK, with over 13,000 devices within the Greater London area.
Slow charge points are defined as those that provide power up to 7kW and are best used for long, often overnight charging. For the majority of London residents who do not have access to off-street parking, this isn’t possible. London boroughs have delivered thousands of slow public EV charge points on-street, making it possible for those without off-street parking to charge their vehicle near their home. These charge points are often installed in or on lamp post columns.
Fast chargers with 22kW charge points are often found at key destination locations, including public car parks, town centres, leisure centres and workplaces. Rapid charge points are found close to major roads. They have been delivered as single units in on-street locations and hubs in off-street locations in London.
You can get live bus, train and tram times and the quieter times to travel, along with updates on all bus, Tube, London Overground, DLR, Elizabeth line and tram lines. You can also check walking and cycling routes for parts of your journey, including information on toilet locations, platform access and live lift status.
The London Underground “The Tube” is a comprehensive subway system with 11 lines and over 270 stations. It covers most areas of Greater London and is a popular choice for commuting and travelling within the city. The new Crossrail Elizabeth line has given the transport system additional capacity from East to West through the centre of London. It is also recommended that you register for The Oyster contactless card for paying on the tube and other transport services.
London has an extensive bus network operating throughout the city, including many night buses. Buses are a great way to explore different areas of London and offer a more scenic view of the city.
Several major airports serve London.
These motorways, along with other A-roads and local routes, form a comprehensive road network that allows access to London from various directions before travelling.
Like everything else to do with the motor car in London, pre-booking and planning is a good idea. If you are driving to and around London, you need to know that street parking is extremely difficult with parking restrictions in place from 8.30 am until 6.30 pm Monday to Saturday.
National Car Parks (NCP) operate over 100 carparks around London, including Airport parking.
Q-Park operates 16 car parks in Central London, including all the top tourist sites. (May 23)
No official Park and Ride facilities serve London. However, the 3 places below are convenient tube stations with good parking. You can travel into London quickly, avoiding the congestion charge and the traffic. All are staffed and open 24 hours.
For privately owned carparks pre-bookable, refer to Parkopedia prices from £4.50 ph.
Blue Badge Holders, according to the City of London website, “The Blue Badge scheme does not fully apply”. Still, they provide allocated parking in the Square Mile for people with disabilities. Monitoring the Blue Badge holder’s certificate is strictly observed; for further restrictions (Red Routes), please read the Basic Guidance.
The City of London Corporation runs its own Red Badge parking concession scheme, valid only in the City of London, for people with disabilities who are permanent workers or City residents.
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