The expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) across all London boroughs, set to take effect on August 29, 2023, will bring changes that drivers need to be aware of when visiting various areas and attractions. Notable places affected by the ULEZ expansion include:
- Heathrow Airport: Vehicles entering Heathrow Airport will now need to adhere to certain emissions standards to avoid the daily ULEZ charge of £12.50. While the charge applies to vehicles driving within the ULEZ zone, it doesn’t apply when the vehicle is stationary at the airport.
- Chessington World of Adventures: The theme park and resort in Surrey has become part of the ULEZ expansion. Vehicles visiting Chessington need to meet emissions standards to avoid the daily ULEZ charge.
- Sports Stadiums: Locations like Twickenham Stadium (home of English rugby) and Wembley Stadium are now within the expanded ULEZ area. Visitors driving non-compliant vehicles will need to pay the ULEZ charge.
- Historic Homes: Sites such as Hampton Court Palace, Ham House and Garden, Osterley Park and House, Down House, and Red House are affected by the ULEZ expansion. Vehicles entering and exiting these areas may be subject to the ULEZ charge.
- Parks and Gardens: Richmond Park and Kew Gardens, both in Surrey, are now within the expanded ULEZ zone. Visitors to these areas are encouraged to consider alternative forms of transport to reduce pollution.
The ULEZ expansion aims to improve air quality by encouraging the use of vehicles that meet specific emissions standards. Drivers of non-compliant vehicles may be subject to the daily ULEZ charge, and it’s important for those planning to visit these areas to be informed about the changes and plan accordingly.