“By axing the off-peak Pay As You Go daily cap Boris Johnson condemned hundreds of thousands of commuters to a fare rises of up to 38%. Whilst some of those commuters will today breathe a sigh of relief that the Mayor has been forced into this embarrassing climb-down, others will still be left out of pocket. A half solution will not make up for the fact many commuters have faced two months of rocketing commuting costs which for some is set to continue.
“Whilst Boris Johnson’s u-turn is welcome it shows how, even with this effectively his final Budget, Boris has failed to show he cares about the challenges facing Londoners. Instead of putting forward policies to tackle rising fares, rising violent crime and the capital’s housing crisis, we’ve got more of the same with no major new projects or policies. It’s the clearest sign yet that Boris Johnson has effectively checked out of City Hall and is content to leave a legacy of failures for his successor.
“By contrast we put forward ambitious proposals which would freeze City Hall’s share of Council Tax, cut fares by 2.5% to 2014 levels and fund over 1,000 new police officers for London’s streets.”