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Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Inflation busting fare rises are Boris Johnson’s New Year's gift to Londoners

Most of us recently got a few Christmas presents from our friends and relatives. But the present that Conservative Mayor of London, Boris, has given all Londoners is an Inflation busting fare rises are Boris Johnson’s New Year's gift to Londoners.

Thank you Boris.

I remember only a year ago when he pledged to bear down on transport fares. Words mean nothing. He has let Londoners down. Check out the interview he did where he made his pledge.

Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, speaks for all Londoners when she said: "Under Boris Johnson the cheapest bus or tram fare - a single Oyster Pay As You Go fare - has soared from 90 pence to £1.40. While most people have seen hardly any improvements in their incomes the Mayor has imposed a staggering rise in the cost of just getting to work."

Caroline Pidgeon
She adds: “These latest fare rises will add to the financial problems facing many Londoners, especially those on low incomes who are already struggling with rising fuel bills.

“Of course investment has to be maintained in our transport infrastructure, but if the Mayor was really committed to meeting his election pledge to ‘bear down’ on fares he could have easily avoided such steep fare rises.

“If the Mayor simply stopped pouring public money into his vanity projects such as the Thames Cable Car he could ensure fare rises were capped at no more than inflation, as well as fund a one-hour bus ticket.”




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