Under Boris Johnson, London commuter fares have become the most expensive in the world. Since he became Mayor, the cost of a single bus journey has gone up by 56% and a zone 1-6 travel card is now £440 a year more expensive. The Mayor’s fare hikes are contributing enormously to the increasingly desperate cost of living crisis in London. With rent, water, electricity and gas bills all soaring, Londoners simply can’t afford another inflation busting rise in the cost of travel.
At the same time, Londoners are getting worse value for their money. On Monday, Boris Johnson’s secret plans to close every TFL ticket office in London were revealed. The plans will make commuting more difficult, less safe and will result in 2,000 job losses. This is despite the fact that the Mayor pledged to keep a ticket office open at every station in his manifesto. In his own words, ‘there is little financial, strategic or common sense in these closures’.
It is simply not good enough for the Mayor to be hiking fares while closing ticket offices. Labour are calling on the Mayor to freeze fares at inflation at least for 2014 and keep his promise of a ticket office open at every London station.
We will be taking the fight to the Mayor, but I need your help. Please sign our petition and tweet to your friends using #GreatToryTrainRobbery.
We need to get the message out to every Londoner that they need to act now if we are to stop Boris Johnson hiking fares once again.