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Check your car before ULEZ comes to Richmond upon Thames

20 October 2021

Richmond Council is urging residents and businesses who haven’t yet checked their vehicle, to make sure it is compliant ahead of Transport for London’s (TfL) ultra-low emission zone expanding into the borough next Monday, 25 October 2021.

The new expanded zone will extend up to (but not including) the North and South Circular roads. Areas in Barnes, Mortlake, East Sheen, North Richmond and Kew will be included in the zone, including Townmead Road Household Re-use and Recycling Centre and Mortlake Crematorium.

This means that people visiting either of the two sites will be charged £12.50 per day by TfL, if their vehicle is not compliant.

Councillor Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

“Ever since TfL proposed this expansion we have challenged the boundaries. We are supportive of the ULEZ as a whole - air quality is one of the biggest challenges facing this city and as a borough we are always focused on reducing pollution locally. However, we cannot support the dividing line that this boundary places through our borough and our communities.

“Councillors and officers have worked tirelessly to engage with TfL on this. In February we hosted a virtual meeting so TfL could hear directly from residents on their concerns. I have personally discussed with the Deputy Mayor of London for Transport, Heidi Alexander, on many occasions and reiterated the huge impact this boundary will have on our borough. We even put forward a modest request to exclude just Townmead Road, which would have allowed access to the recycling centre and to the Crematorium, but this was refused.

“As a result, many of our residents and businesses are now faced with having to pay to visit the recycling centre or the crematorium – something all local tax-payers should be entitled to access for free.

“I would encourage anyone who hasn’t checked if their vehicle is compliant to do so as soon as possible.”

The ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year except Christmas Day (25 December).

View a map showing the areas of Hounslow, Richmond and Wandsworth inside the ULEZ expansion zone from 25 October 2021.

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Up to: October 2021

Updated: 20 October 2021