Press Release: Mayor’s ‘unfair’ fare rises slammed

London Assembly member, Nicky Gavron, has described Mayor Boris Johnson’s latest public transport fare rises as unfair and unnecessary.

The Mayor this week announced that fares will soon rise by as much as 8 per cent – the third significant hike in the three years since Boris Johnson was elected in 2008. A single bus fare has now gone up by 56 per cent.

A zone 1-2 travelcard will now cost Camden commuters £29.80 – an increase of 23 per cent since the Mayor’s election.

A single tube journey from Camden Town to Oxford Circus – an 8 minute journey – will now cost £2.70.

In Barnet, a zone 1-4 travelcard will now cost commuters £42.60 – also up 23 per cent.

Labour London Assembly Member Nicky Gavron said: “This is another painful and unfair squeeze on the pockets of anyone who has to use public transport. Bus, train and tube users are being made to pay for the Mayor’s unnecessary shrinking of the congestion charge and re-design of the buses.

“Boris should spend less time campaigning for tax cuts for the richest 300,000 people in London and more time keeping fares down for the other seven and a half million.”

Fare rises since 2008

Single bus ticket up 56%

  • was 90p in 2008
  • will be £1.40 in 2012

Costing Londoners £260 a year more

Weekly bus and tram pass up 47%

  • was £13.00 in 2008
  • will be £19.10 in 2012

Costing Londoners £317 a year more

Weekly zone 1-2 travelcard up 23%

  • Was £24.20 in 2008
  • Will be £29.80 in 2012

Costing Londoners £291 a year more

Weekly zone 1-4 travelcard up 23%

  • was £34.60 in 2008
  • will be £42.60 in 2012

Costing Londoners £416 a year more

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Notes

Nicky Gavron is a London-wide Labour London Assembly Member.

Details of Boris Johnson’s latest fare rises can be found here

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Former Deputy Mayor for London, London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and Labour Spokesperson for Housing and Planning
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