Last week saw the Mayor finally announce his fare proposals for 2014. On
average ticket prices will rise by inflation next year across Transport for
London services. The exact details of fare rises on London buses, the Tube, DLR, London
Overgound, Tramlink and the cable car can be seen here.
It is worth noting that the average rise in fares hides some variations in fare
rises, for example every adult Oyster or “contactless” card
pay-as-you-go (PAYG) bus and tram journey will cost an extra five pence from
January, pushing the price up from £1.40 to £1.45 – an increase of 3.6%.
It is also worth noting that the average rise by the rate of inflation totally
excludes travelcards, which will rise between 3.9% and 4.3% – well above the
rate of inflation, despite the fact that national regulated train fares should
only be rising by inflation next year following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.
Commenting on the decision by the Mayor to keep some fare rises near to the
inflation rate Lib Dem GLA Member Caroline Pidgeon said:
“After so many painful years of inflation busting fare rises this is the very
least the Mayor should be doing to help Londoners.
“Yet while this announcement is a good start I am still disappointed that
the Mayor has refused to listen to the arguments for modest changes in the fare
structure that would help so many people.
“If the Mayor stopped wasting so much money on his vanity transport
projects such as the Thames Cable Car and the ridiculously expensive new bus
for London he could easily fund a one-hour bus ticket, cheaper ‘early bird
fares’ and a part-time travelcard.”
Caroline is also calling for the Mayor to reconsider his proposals to increase
travelcards above the rate of inflation saying:
“The Mayor must now explain why he is boasting about ‘freezing’ fares when in
reality on Tuesday he pushed up the price of travelcards by inflation plus 1
per cent from next year.
“Following Coalition Government intervention, Boris Johnson must now bring
down travelcard fare rises to no more than inflation.”