London's Congestion charge rises to £11.50

Congestion charge zone in London The congestion charge was £5 when it was introduced in February 2003

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The price of London's daily congestion charge has risen to £11.50.

The £1.50 increase from £10 is the first hike in the fee to drive into central London since 2011.

Auto pay system and fleet customers continue to benefit from a £1 discount, making their daily rate £10.50.

The Federation of Small Businesses said the rise will hit smallest firms the hardest but Transport for London said £1.2bn in revenue from the charge has been reinvested.

The charge applies across central London between 07:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday, although there are discounts and exemptions for certain types of vehicles.

When the daily charge was introduced in February 2003 the fee was £5.

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