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The Essex road split by ULEZ where some residents are forced to pay £12.50 charge but others avoid i

Whether you pay the ULEZ charge depends whether you live in the north or south end of the road

The planned expansion of ULEZ into parts of Essex is one which is surrounded with controversy. Sadiq Khan's intention to expand London's ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) means people living on the fringes of Essex and the capital might now have to pay an additional charge.

It's a plan which will quite possibly be more frustrating for people on one particular road in Essex where you could either be forced to pay the charge or not depending on which end you live. If the plans go ahead, drivers within the zone will have to pay a £12.50 daily fee from August 29 if their vehicles do not meet the required standards.

According to TfL's own map, people living on Aveley Road in Upminster will be divided on who does or does not have to pay the extra charge. If you live at the south end of the street, beyond the junctions of Warwick Lane and Bramble Lane, then you narrowly avoid having to pay the £12.50 fee.

A number of people live on this road with several businesses operating there too. But the ULEZ border means that will be able to skip the charge whilst others, just yards away, might be required to pay it.

The controversial plans could still be blocked after the High Court granted permission for five Conservative-run London and Home Counties councils to bring forward a legal challenge. It comes after the court agreed there was sufficient evidence to support two of the key claims.

Bexley, Bromley, Harrow, Hillingdon and Surrey Councils all joined together to bring a civil case against Labour Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, as the chair of Transport for London (TfL) over his decision to expand the £12.50 daily ULEZ charge, even though they and many of their residents are deeply opposed.

The displeasure towards the scheme is also being felt widely in Essex with councilors claiming the expansion would have "perverse outcomes" for residents and 9,000 people have even signed a petition calling for the Mayor of London to be "removed" over the plans.

Sadiq Khan previously commented: “The air Londoners breathe is so toxic it stunts children's lungs, exacerbates chronic illness, and contributes to thousands of premature deaths each year. More than half of the 500,000 Londoners with asthma live in outer London and all areas of London still breach safe levels of pollution.

“That's why my proposals for expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone are the right thing to do. Air pollution is not just a central London issue and Londoners in the outer boroughs should be able to enjoy the clean air benefits the ULEZ brings.”

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