So, the toxic smog cloud that's reportedly blown in from Europe laid to rest any chance of Londoner's seeing today's eclipse (and, by extension, ever within their lifetimes). While today's gloomy-skied problem is a relatively minor inconvenience, pollution in London is a serious concern, an issue that one Labour MP believes could be alleviated with changes to the Congestion Charge.
Labour mayoral candidate nomination and transport expert Christian Wolmar has laid down a proposal that would see the central London driving fee rise in line with daily pollution levels. Where the standard rate is £11.50, particularly scummy days could see the rate rise by a few pounds in order to keep cars off the streets and see air pollution levels decrease more quickly. A similar system has also seen success in Singapore, with 65 per cent of commuters now using public transport since being brought in there.[Standard]