ULEZ is a source of much chagrin for many a Londoner. It operates every day of the year – except Christmas, yay – and covers all areas between the North and South circulars.
Its aim is to clean up London’s air and if your vehicle doesn’t meet the zone’s requirements, you’ll be charged £12.50 for every day you drive in the zone. But now a Londoner has discovered an exception to the zone.
Taking to Reddit, one person asked “Why is there this bizarre corridor in the ULEZ at Chiswick?” They attached an image of the ULEZ zone’s boundaries in Chiswick where part of the A4 is outside the zone, essentially forming a corridor from the edge of the zone to the Hogarth roundabout.
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People were quick to offer their explanations with one person writing: “I know this! It’s so if you make a mistake you can go round the round about and get back out without going into ULEZ.”
Another also chimed in with: “Chiswick roundabout is one hell of a driver’s nightmare. It’s extremely easy to end up in the wrong lane and have to leave the roundabout at a wrong exit. They’ve added this exemption so that you can turn back without paying the ULEZ charge basically.”
The ULEZ corridor was addressed in the London Assembly in 2018 when the Liberal Democrats ‘ Caroline Pidgeon asked the Mayor : “A part of the A4, near Chiswick House, is excluded from the proposed ULEZ boundary expansion. Why is this? And would you look at including this part of the A4 into the expanded ULEZ going forward?”
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The Mayor answered: “As with the existing Low Emission Zone boundary, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) boundary has been designed to ensure that drivers of non-compliant vehicles do not accidentally enter the zone. A short section of the A4 is excluded to allow drivers to make a safe turn around at the Hogarth Roundabout to avoid entering the zone.
“All exits from this stretch of route are included within the ULEZ, so nearly all vehicles travelling on this section will have an origin or destination within the zone. Transport for London is happy to consider any alternatives that enable this diversion as part of the public consultation process.”
And Londoners are more than happy with the corridor as they called it “London’s butthole”, “London appendicitis” and a “chameleon’s tongue” on Reddit while praising the corridor saying “TfL and the Mayor’s office are surprisingly well run these days.”
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