Transport fares increase is no laughing matter, Boris

On Monday January 4 thousands of Westminster residents returning to work after the Christmas and New Year break will be hit by Boris Johnson s above-inflation fare increase. The fares hike, which kicks in on Saturday January 2, will see: A single bus jou

On Monday January 4 thousands of Westminster residents returning to work after the Christmas and New Year break will be hit by Boris Johnson's above-inflation fare increase. The fares hike, which kicks in on Saturday January 2, will see:

A single bus journey by Oyster up 20 per cent to �1.20;

A weekly oyster bus pass up 20 per cent to �16.60;

Six-zone peak single Tube fare by Oyster up 10.5 per cent to �4.20;


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A five-zone off-peak single Tube fare (outside zone 1) up 18.2 per cent to �1.30

Most Oyster pay-as-you-go Tube fares up by 20p per trip.

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Overall tube fares will rise 3.9 per cent and overall bus fares up by 12.7 per cent.

It comes after Boris Johnson's 2009 fare increase which saw the Conservatives raise London Transport fares up by six per cent overall, but with some fares rising more steeply - including an 11 per cent increase in a single bus fare on Oyster.

In all, this means that the price of a single bus journey by Oyster will have risen by over 30 per cent since Boris Johnson was elected - from 90p to �1.20. What is more, Boris Johnson and the Conservatives are committed to further annual above-inflation fare increases.

Boris Johnson may crack some good jokes, but these huge Conservative fare increases are no laughing matter.

Cllr Paul Dimoldenberg

Leader of the Labour Group

Westminster City Council

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