Kingston’s Executive Member for Transport Cllr Simon James has condemned the London Mayor’s latest public transport fare hike, considerably increasing the cost of travelling for local residents.
He is particularly angry at Boris Johnson for making the fare announcement on the day of the Chancellor’s Comprehensive Spending Review -- effectively ‘burying’ the bad news for Kingston commuters.
Cllr James said:
“One again the London Mayor’s fare hikes have disproportionately hurt Kingston residents. Boris doesn’t give a monkeys about local people who rely on bus journeys and daily Travel cards for travelling in outer-London.”
Whilst inner London Tube fares rise by just 5½% from January next year, the Mayor is effectively increasing the cost of an all day Travel card and Pay as You Go Oyster Cards for Zone 6 Londoners by up to 67%.
“I am disgusted that he has buried this unfair price hike on the day of the Comprehensive Spending Review -- shying away from some much deserved criticism.”
Headlines from the Mayor’s 20 October announcement include:
- Culling the Zone 2-6 one day travel card, forcing local residents to buy expensive inner London tickets at hugely inflated cost: 57% increase for Off Peak or a staggering 67% hike for the all-day user
- New Travel card costs will also be reflected in the price caps of Pay as You Go Oyster Cards
- Oyster Pay As You Go fares on buses will rise to £1.30 - a 44% increase since Boris became Mayor in 2008
- Bus cash fare will increase from 10% this year: £2 to £2.20