Boris Johnson announced today that there will be a ‘real terms freeze’ on next year’s bus and tube fares. In English? Well, a lot of fares will still go up (sigh) but by an average of 3.1 percent, rather than the expected 4.1 percent, which is obviously good news. People using pay-as-you-go Oyster cards will experience no rise in peak fares on tube/rail travel outside of Zone 1.
Unfortunately, that’s pretty much where the good news ends. Single journeys within Zone 1 will go up by 10p to £2.20, the Oyster card single bus fare will rise to £1.45, and a weekly Zone 1-6 travel card will increase from £55.60 to £58.
Boris said of the freeze: ‘This package, which has been made possible by the continuing delivery of efficiencies across TfL, ensures that fares remain affordable and that we have the level of funding we need to continue to improve the network and deliver even better, more frequent services for everyone.’
Not everyone is convinced though, with criticism coming from the Mayor’s political opponents, union representatives, and members of the public about how the increased costs will affect Londoners at a time when money is already so tight.
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