Road User Charging
All road user charging schemes in the capital will be temporarily suspended. This will come into effect so that none of the charges are in operation from Monday 23 March until further notice.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has asked for this move to ensure London's critical workers, particularly those in the NHS, are able to travel round London as easily as possible during this national emergency. It also supports the supply chain, the effort to keep supermarkets fully stocked and the city's continued operation.
Government advice is that people need to limit social contact and travel should only be undertaken if absolutely necessary. The roads need to be kept clear for the emergency services and critical workers who need to get around by car. Drivers are asked to consider the wider implications when thinking about using their vehicles.
For some critical workers, in the current circumstances, driving to work will be the simplest option, which is why the charges have been lifted.
Santander Cycle Scheme
To further support vital hospital staff getting into work during these challenging times, NHS workers will be given a code that waives the 24 hour access fee for Santander Cycles, meaning any journey under 30 minutes is free.
In addition to free access, docking stations near hospitals are being prioritised to ensure there is a regular supply of bikes for medical staff to use.
The Santander Cycles code for NHS workers is valid until 30 April 2020. Any number of 30 minute journeys are included and users must dock cycles within 30 minutes to avoid being charged.