Khan pledges freeze on fares

Labour may­oral can­di­date says the mea­sure would cover four years

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­

TRANS­PORT plans for the city were launched in MP Sadiq Khan’s cam­paign re­cently, to high­light the choice Lon­don­ers face when vot­ing for the next mayor.

The Labour hope­ful put for­ward pro­pos­als to freeze Trans­port for Lon­don rail fares for four years on the same day Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Zac Gold­smith pledged to in­tro­duce Boris Bikes to greater Lon­don should he be mayor.

Mr Khan also took the op­por­tu­nity to slam Mr Gold­smith’s plans on tube fares, say­ing: “Lon­don­ers face a crystal clear choice on fares.

“A four-year fares freeze if I’m mayor – so you won’t pay a penny more in 2020 than you do today, or a 17% rise un­der Zac Gold­smith – cost­ing you up to £1,000 more.

“I know what I would choose.”

The Labour can­di­date claimed Mr Gold­smith is bas­ing his trans­port plans for tubes and buses on busi­ness plans which would see fares rise by 1% each year, cost­ing Lon­don­ers more than £1,000 ex­tra over the course of the next four years.

How­ever, in a pre­vi­ous an­nounce­ment made in Eal­ing, Mr Gold­smith said Mr Khan’s pro­pos­als to take £1.9 bil­lion out of the trans­port bud­get ‘would not only see Lon­don grind to a halt, but would make solv­ing the hous­ing cri­sis all but im­pos­si­ble’. The Tory cam­paign re­sponded to Mr Khan’s ad­vert and said the ‘sums just don’t add up’.

A trans­port spat be­gan in Fe­bru­ary when Mr Khan said he would freeze rail fares at a cost of £450 mil­lion to the Lon­don bud­get, but Trans­port for Lon­don ar­gued it would be £1.9bn, around four times as much as Mr Khan had claimed.

The Back­Zac cam­paign said this £1.9bn hole would mean Mr Khan would have to ei­ther hitch up coun­cil taxes, cut pub­lic ser­vices, in­crease con­ges­tion charges or scrap re­gen­er­a­tion projects across the city.

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