The Great Tory Train Robbery

August 15, 2013 2:15 pm

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.

Latest

  • News Polling Tories heading for another embarrassing by-election defeat

    Tories heading for another embarrassing by-election defeat

    UKIP are on course to double their number of MPs, with a new poll in Rochester and Strood showing Mark Reckless thirteen points clear over the Tories. Labour, meanwhile, are currently in third, lagging 21% behind. The poll, carried out for the Daily Express, finds this is the voting intention for November 20th: UKIP 43%, Conservatives 30%, Labour 21%, Lib Dems 3%, Greens 3% The fact that Labour are polling tallies with the party’s decision not to make this by-election a priority. However, […]

    Read more →
  • News This is what the Tory in charge of the NHS thinks about mental health

    This is what the Tory in charge of the NHS thinks about mental health

    Alastair Campbell appeared on BBC Three programme Free Speech this week to talk about mental health, and his experiences of depression (you can watch the full episode here). In it, he tells the story of meeting Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, who couldn’t understand Campbell having depression because of his “great life”. While the idea of someone with such a simplistic understanding of mental health issues being in charge of the country’s health service is shocking, it goes […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Setting out an agenda for fixing Britain’s broken workplaces

    Setting out an agenda for fixing Britain’s broken workplaces

    The Smith Institute’s new report ‘Making Work Better’, published today, sets out an alternative agenda for a new government to tackle Britain’s poor performing workplaces, which are holding back the recovery and costing the nation billions in lost income and in-work benefits. The 100-page report by Ed Sweeney, former Acas chair, marks the beginning of a pre-election push by Labour to address the concerns of Britain’s 30m workers. The report (the product of a nine month inquiry) examines the good […]

    Read more →
  • Featured Wales David Cameron’s efforts to prove how much he loves the NHS reveal how little he understands it

    David Cameron’s efforts to prove how much he loves the NHS reveal how little he understands it

    This week I was tempted to write about the fact that UKIP have befriended a holocaust denier in the European Parliament. But I really can’t abide any more pictures of Farage’s ridiculous face haunting about my doors, and so I’m not. You can just contemplate the disappointment of that thought yourselves. So let’s talk about something equally disheartening: PMQs – yes, the place where dignity goes to die. Fellow LabourList writer Maya Goodfellow ambivalently noted that Miliband had ‘landed a […]

    Read more →
  • News Woolf and May should “meet survivors groups” over Brittan links, say Labour

    Woolf and May should “meet survivors groups” over Brittan links, say Labour

    Labour have spoken out about complaints that Fiona Woolf QC, head of the public inquiry into historical sex abuse, has links with Leon Brittan. Brittan was the home secretary at the time when the dossier about alleged pedophiles went missing. And Woolf, who is also Lord Mayor of London, admitted yesterday that since 2008 she had dinner with Brittan and his family on five separate occasions but she has said she has “no close association” with him. A number of Labour MPs […]

    Read more →