Responding to reports Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh would cut travel fares by 3% each year if elected, Labour London Assembly Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross, said:
“What we see here is the wheels totally coming off Boris’ mayoralty. With even his own Deputy openly criticising his fares policy it’s never been clearer that Boris has completely lost control.
“This is an incredibly cynical announcement from Stephen Greenhalgh, given that for seven years he has been silent on Boris’ fares hikes and has helped to prop up a Mayor who has raised Londoners’ travel fares by over 40%.
“Whilst it’s welcome that Stephen Greenhalgh has finally woken up to the problems caused by seven years of fare hikes, we have to ask why he continues to serve in Boris Johnson’s administration at huge taxpayer expense, despite clearly harbouring massive doubts about his policies.
“For years we have been calling for respite for commuters from Boris’ inflation busting fares rises. It’s good to see that now even one of the Mayor’s closest colleagues agrees that Boris Johnson’s fare rises are hurting Londoners.”