Plans to expand London’s ULEZ to almost M25

London ULEZ to reach M25 next

London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, announced last Friday that he plans to extend London’s ultra low emissions zone on our side of town to include Enfield, Ilford, Romford, Bexleyheath and Croydon.

Owners of older cars would have to pay a £12.50 a day charge to drive inside the Greater London Boundary which covers 609 square miles (see map). The charge would apply to petrol cars manufactured before 2005 and diesel cars from before 2015. Check your numberplate here.

If the plan gets approved it would start in 2023.

The air pollution in London is dramatically reduced from when I was a child. Is this really about air quality, raising cash, or a job creation scheme. The Transport for London website says: “TfL don’t make a profit and we are committed to reducing our costs. Any money received from the ULEZ will be reinvested into improving the transport network, including cycleways, buses and Tube…” They could start by installing lifts at Mile End and Bow Road underground stations.

The Daily Telegraph on London ULEZ scheme 11th Dec 2021
The Daily Telegraph on London’s ULEZ scheme 11th December 2021

TFL spent £130m on installing extra cameras to expand the scheme out to the North and South Circulars. They’ll need more people to administer the system and to issue those lovely £160 fines. So although TFL say they don’t make a profit, there’ll be plenty of jobs created.

The most polluting vehicles will wear out and be taken out of service in a few years anyway. Only 8% of vehicles inside the current outer zone have to pay the ULEZ charge.

Unlike most parts of the UK London’s transport system is very good. People are driving cars out of necessity. Here’s a comment from underneath an article in The Times: “Good luck carrying 100Kg of tools on public transport.”

Alan Tucker


  1. I believe the proposed ulez extension is for Greater London not the M25. e.g. Debden and Loughton would be outside the new zone.

    1. Thanks for spotting this Colin. I was going by early newspaper reports, and have just amended the article.

  2. Funny I thought he was the mayor of London
    Not the south east of England
    The last time I looked bexleyheath ,Enfield , grays,
    Croydon Loughton and Debden were not in London although within the m25
    Or am I missing something
    Or does he think he’s Russia and London will soon expand to Dover in the south clacton in the east Bristol in the west and Watford in the north
    And we can have new cycle lanes all around the new khan world

  3. With the price of fuel I can’t see anyone being able to afford to drive anything into London ..It’s nice to know while everyone is struggling to pay their bills the mayor thinks it’s an ideal time to kick us a little harder ..I despise these politicians with a passion …
    I can’t think he’s ever had to carry his tools to do a days productive manual graft in his life …

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