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Commuters' anger over rising travel fares

PUBLISHED: 13:47 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:47 07 September 2010

Commuters have expressed their anger at above inflation rail and bus fare rises and delays. London Mayor Boris Johnson is the main man in the firing line – after hiking fares. His biggest increase was an 11 per cent rise on Oyster pay-as-you-go bus fares

Commuters have expressed their anger at above inflation rail and bus fare rises and delays.

London Mayor Boris Johnson is the main man in the firing line - after hiking fares. His biggest increase was an 11 per cent rise on Oyster pay-as-you-go bus fares - from 90p to £1.

Tube fare rises included a journey rise from £1.50 to £1.60 in zones one and two.

And chaos was rife at Euston Station on Monday morning after a Virgin train damaged overhead wiring outside Watford Junction.

Commuters at Euston were left in the cold again on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, after a power failure added to the headache.

London Midland and Virgin services were suspended after cables came down in the Kenton area as a train was passing through.

Businessman Jeff Brown, 37, said: "There's no need for these fare increases at this time.

"We are facing a recession already and this severely affects everyone."

Security guard Abdi Omer, 24, said: "I'm not happy about the rises at all. It's not good.

"My family live up north and it's so expensive to go and see them now by train. It just keeps going up. And there are always delays.


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