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The congestion charge helped get traffic moving in central London. Friday's twin bomb scares -- a car carrying fuel and nails in Piccadilly, and a suspicious vehicle in Mayfair -- brought it grinding to a halt again.

Streets throughout the center of the city were gridlocked as police cordoned off Haymarket and Park Lane (and for a while Fleet Street) -- two of London's main thoroughfares -- forcing vehicles to divert into side roads that themselves swiftly became choked with bumper-to-bumper queues of stationary traffic. (Read about the London bomb scares)

Mayfair, one of London's most exclusive districts, home to both the American Embassy and high-end hotels such as the Hilton, the Dorchester and the Grosvenor House, saw its normally sedate streets choked with cars as Friday evening drivers vainly tried to find a way out of the center of town. Read full article »

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