I need to find out if this primary school falls within the London Congestion Charge zone: St Anne`s Catholic Primary School, 6 Durham Street, Vauxhall, London. How can I do that?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because I fail to see how this is directly related to travel. Sounds to me like you could very well be a commuting Londoner.
    – JoErNanO
    Dec 19, 2016 at 10:47
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    I've made it more general - I think a visitor might well wonder about this or need to know. Dec 19, 2016 at 14:31
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    @JanDoggen I live in Canada. If I don't know that URL am I lazy? Or a visitor? Dec 19, 2016 at 14:33
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    @KateGregory Googling 'London Congestion Charge'. First hit, then 3rd item, or top item in right side bar of its main page. That's where I found it + that this cannot be a correct address. I'm not English either.
    – user40521
    Dec 19, 2016 at 15:09
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    @JanDoggen we're supposed to embrace the nonGooglers and create answers that end up higher in Google results than the sources we drew on to create them. That's a system wide mandate. That's why LMGTFY links are banned. Dec 19, 2016 at 15:10

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Use this page on the TfL website to confirm whether a specific location is within the congestion charging zone:


As of the date of this answer, Durham St in Vauxhall is just outside the zone:


although the boundaries do change sometimes so after a few years it will be worth re-checking.

Taxis don't normally charge extra for going in the zone; car hire companies do. The charge only applies between 07:00 and 18:00 on weekdays:

There is no charge on weekends, public holidays, between Christmas Day and New Year's Day inclusive, or between 18:00 and 07:00 on weekdays.



In addition to it being just outside the congestion charge zone, if you drive there guided by your TomTom, there is a good chance that you find yourself on the wrong street, and you might not know whether you entered the congestion charge zone or not, and there is no way to find out other than waiting for a £100 pound fine - so you have to pay to be safe.

Now if you ask about that location because you expect to drive your kids there every morning, and after the third time you are sure you know the way, then you can go there without paying.

And remember that London doesn't only have a congestion charge zone, they also have a congestion zone which covers the congestion charge zone and a lot more of London :-( so consider googling how you get there by public transport. It's likely faster on weekdays in the daytime.

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    No, I meant congestion zone - anywhere you have congestion. Where you are often overtaken by pedestrians. Which is basically everywhere in London.
    – gnasher729
    Dec 20, 2016 at 11:02
  • @pnuts: You don't know the place, you try following instructions, then suddenly something unexpected happens (because your TomTom is slow, streets are not laid out as you expect them to be, you went past a sign and immediately turn around. It happens. You don't know if you have to pay for taking a wrong turn and immediately turning around and leaving. And there is no way to find out. Which I assume is deliberate.
    – gnasher729
    Dec 20, 2016 at 11:05
  • There is no place where you can ask "do I need to pay the congestion charge". There is no place where you can ask "how much do I owe you". You either pay (and you'll never know whether you had to or not), or you don't (and you either get a huge fine or you don't).
    – gnasher729
    Dec 20, 2016 at 11:07

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