|Bus Passengers To Bear Brunt Of Borisís 'Lack Of Ambition'|
"Ten years of above inflation fare rises"
Last week the Mayor of London revealed that he will be hitting Londoners with 10 years of above inflation fare rises. This follows five years of above inflation fare rises since he became Mayor in 2008.
The plans were revealed in Transport for London’s latest Business Plan which sets
out its priorities for the next 10 years. As Chair of TfL the Mayor has the final decision
over what happens. In the same document it clearly states there will only be a 0.06%
increase in bus capacity over the next three years, even though London’s population
In January fares will rise above inflation again, since 2008 this will mean bus fares have
London wide Assembly Member Murad Qureshi said:
“Whilst there are programmes to improve the Overground and Tube there are virtually no plans to improve our buses. People’s incomes are really being squeezed with rising fuel, food and rent costs. Bus use is increasing but there has not been any new investment for more routes or extra capacity. All we have seen are a handful of new Routemasters which are a drop in the ocean.
“Bus passenger’s fares have gone up by 55% since Boris became Mayor, with extra pressures on household budgets, where does Boris expect people to keep finding extra money for his fare rises?
“Rather than campaigning for more tax cuts for the very richest, Boris should be spending more time on helping working Londoners who are struggling just to get by.”