Green idea for cheaper travel

May­oral can­di­date launches ‘fairer fares’ plan

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

TRAVEL fare zones within Lon­don would be abol­ished un­der rad­i­cal plans by the Green Party.

Lon­don may­oral can­di­date Sian Berry wants a flat fare struc­ture in place to make com­mut­ing more af­ford­able for those liv­ing in the sub­urbs.

She is also propos­ing a daily cap for part-time work­ers, to bring their travel costs in line with those of monthly sea­son ticket hold­ers, and one-hour timed tick­ets so peo­ple are not pe­nalised for chang­ing modes of trans­port.

“The Green Party is lev­el­ling the play­ing field to make ev­ery­one’s jour­ney to work cost the same, re­mov­ing the hid­den penal­ties if you live in outer Lon­don, work part time, need to take two buses, or change be­tween tube, bus and train on your way,” she said.

Un­der her pro­pos­als, the fare zones would be phased out un­til there is a sin­gle zone by 2025. Zones four, five and six would be com­bined im­me­di­ately to form a sin­gle zone.

Ms Berry was joined on the launch of her ‘Fairer Fares’ trans­port pol­icy by for­mer Houn­slow Coun­cil leader Dave Wet­zel, the man re­spon­si­ble for in­tro­duc­ing the travel card in 1983 when he was trans­port chair­man on the Greater Lon­don Coun­cil (GLC).

“The Fairer Fares cam­paign makes sense. When we de­signed the Trav­el­card the city had a very dif­fer­ent set of needs, the cost of hous­ing was lower, and jobs were near and long-last­ing,” he said.

“Lon­don­ers’ trav­el­ling pat­terns have changed much over the years and costs have spi­ralled for those who live fur­ther from their jobs.”

Lib­eral Demo­crat may­oral can­di­date Caro­line Pid­geon re­cently an­nounced plans to pro­vide half-price fares for morn­ing com­muters – by scrap­ping fund­ing for the pro­posed Gar­den Bridge.

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n ZONE: Dave Wet­zel, the man cred­ited with in­vent­ing the Lon­don travel card, pic­tured with Lon­don may­oral can­di­date Sian Berry, from the Green Party

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