London Assembly Labour Group Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross AM, has today responded to the Mayor’s announcement that fares will rise in line with inflation:
“While this is welcome news, Londoners will see this move for what it is – electioneering the year before a General Election.
“Boris Johnson cannot escape the fact that he pledged to keep fares low, but has now overseen a 40% rise in average travel costs - that’s 13% higher than inflation over his six years as Mayor. Bus passengers have suffered in particular, with a 59p rise in the cost of Pay as You Go fares under Boris.
“With the Mayor planning to all but vacate City Hall and become an MP in 2015, he is set to leave behind a rotten legacy of above inflation fare rises throughout his Mayoralty. By January commuters in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, for example, will have had to stump up an extra £560 on an annual zone 1-6 travel card since Boris came to power in 2008.”