Sadiq Khan told to suspend congestion charge amid 'worst rail strike since 1989'

Small Business Minister Paul Scully also says he's asked Mr Khan to 'waive the ULEZ and pause any non-essential roadworks'

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Sadiq Khan has been urged to suspend the London congestion charge as the UK prepares itself for the worst rail strike since 1989.

Thousands of members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Network Rail and 13 train operators will walk out on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, in the biggest outbreak of industrial action on the railways for a generation.

While London Underground workers will also walk out on Tuesday, in action that will affect much of the Tube.

Small Business Minister Paul Scully
Small Business Minister Paul Scully
Sadiq Khan
Sadiq Khan

Speaking on GB News’ Farage, Small Business Minister Paul Scully told Nigel that he has called on Mr Khan to help Londoners during the strike.

Mr Scully said: “I've called on the Mayor to waive the Congestion Charge, ULEZ and pause any non-essential roadworks as well so that at least it helps some Londoners get about.

Nigel then probed by asking: “Is it going to happen?”

To which Mr Scully added: “That’s up to him at the end of the day, I’ve called upon it, the AA have said the same, let’s see what happens.”

While Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the Government is doing everything it can to minimise disruption during the rail strikes.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Shapps said: “We are doing everything we can, despite these strikes, to minimise the disruption throughout the entire network.

“We are working with the civil contingencies secretariat, the Government’s emergency planning team, to keep critical supply chains open wherever possible.

“Operators will keep as many passenger trains as possible running, though of course with much disruption to the timetable that is going to be very difficult on strike days.

“And it’s estimated that around 20 percent of planned services will operate, focused on key workers, main population centres and critical freight routes.

“But there will be mass disruption and we advise passengers to avoid travelling unless absolutely necessary, which of course for many it will be.”