After many painful years of inflation busting fares the Mayor finally does the right thing – Caroline Pidgeon

December 3, 2013 8:58 AM

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the 2014 fare package that has finally been published today said:

"At long last the Mayor has finally done the right thing this year and ensured that fares rise on average by no more than the rate of inflation. After so many painful years of inflation busting fare rises this is the very least the Mayor should be doing to help Londoners.

"Yet while this announcement is a good start I am still disappointed that the Mayor has refused to listen to the arguments for modest changes in the fare structure that would help so many people.

"If the Mayor stopped wasting so much money on his vanity transport projects such as the Thames Cable Car and the ridiculously expensive new bus for London he could easily fund a one-hour bus ticket, cheaper 'early bird fares' and a part-time travelcard."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

An example of Boris Johnson's record of increasing fares above the rate of inflation over the last six years has been that the cheapest bus fare (an Oyster Pay As You Go Fare) has increased from 90 pence in 2008 to £1.45 in 2014.