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Val Shawcross AM responds to Mayor of London's fares announcement

Commenting on the Mayor of London’s fare announcement, London Assembly Labour Group Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross, said:

“The announcement of a lower daily cap will be welcome news for Oyster Pay As You Go users and corrects an unfair anomaly which means people in part-time or flexible work have had to pay more. With more and more people choosing to work flexibly, it is about time the Mayor is taking action to offer fair fares to people who don’t work Monday to Friday.

“For travelcard users though the impact of the 2.5% rise in fares next January will be to put even more strain on those already struggling to cope with living costs far outstripping wage growth. The truth is that despite pledging to keep fares low Boris Johnson has overseen a 40% rise in fares since he became Mayor, that’s meant Londoners paying fares 13% above inflation over the six years.

“Whilst the changes to daily caps will help part-time workers and start to balance the difference between Oyster and Contactless payments, another year of rising fares means Boris Johnson is set to leave a costly legacy of inflation busting fare rises throughout his mayoralty.”

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