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Car Free Days

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Susan Hall Susan Hall Conservative

What work has been undertaken to assess the impact of your planned car free days on London's economy and its potential cost to London's businesses?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

An independent evaluation report was commissioned for the Central London (Reimagine) Event, where 550 attendees and 67 local businesses were surveyed, this included some analysis of economic impact.

Where possible local companies were used as suppliers for the event and we estimate that 95 per cent of the total event budget was put back into the local economy. In addition, on the day it is estimated that visitors to the event spent an additional £765,100 with local businesses in the event area.

Most local businesses reported an increase in footfall and/or sales on the day and a majority support repeating the event in 2020.

Large Car Free Day events tend to take place on a Sunday to minimise disruption to businesses.