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Congestion charge in Milan relaunched (Italy)On 17 September, the congestion charge scheme named Area C was relaunched in Milan. It will be active on an experimental basis until March 2013.
From 26 July to 16 September, Area C was put on hold by order of the State Council on the appeal brought by Mediolanum Parking Srl. The State Council, recognising a threat to the financial viability of the car park, suspended the measure.
On 17 September the Milan congestion charge was reinstated: it applies from 7:30 to 19:30 on weekdays (except Thursday: 7:30-18:00). The pilot will run until March 2013.
Within six months of the initial implementation of Area C, the traffic was reduced on average by 34% over the same period in 2011. The commercial speed of public transport increased by about 6% (buses) and 5% (trams). Other relevant results include a reduction in the number of accidents (-28%) and a PM10 exhaust emissions decrease by 23%, such as total PM10 (-22%), ammonia (-15%), nitrogen oxides (-20%), carbon dioxide (-22%) and Black Carbon concentrations (up to -40%).
The week of 10-14 September showed an increasing number of accesses, exceeding the level of the same period in 2011 (+3%). That is almost 30% more than the average of the first six months of the congestion charge.
Source: www.areac.it (in Italian)
More information: Area C
Photo credits: Comune di Milano
Date Posted: 26.09.2012
News Group: Initiatives Around Europe