Fare freeze will not ap­ply to all

Only sin­gle and pay-as-you-go tick­ets

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

LON­DON­ERS re­acted with dis­ap­point­ment and anger af­ter Sadiq Khan’s an­nounce­ment that fare freezes only ap­plied to sin­gle ticket and Pay As You Go users.

Four out of the six types of tick­ets will there­fore rise in price, mean­ing those with daily, weekly or monthly travel passes will still see their fares in­crease in line with in­fla­tion.

This is de­spite Khan claim­ing Lon­don­ers “wouldn’t pay a penny more in 2020” dur­ing his elec­tion cam­paign.

The tick­ets that will see a rise in price are: All travel cards Monthly Oys­ter Cards Con­tact­less pay­ments Daily caps The an­nounce­ment was made in a trans­port meet­ing at the Lon­don As­sem­bly’s City Hall on Wednesday af­ter which As­sem­bly Mem­ber Caro­line Pidgeon wrote: “Mayor’s fares freeze prom­ise bro­ken to­day. Will not ap­ply to trav­el­cards. Not what he said in cam­paign.”

On the news that the promised fares freeze will not ap­ply to weekly and monthly trav­el­cards, Con­ser­va­tive group leader Gareth Ba­con said: “Just four weeks af­ter the elec­tion the Mayor’s flag­ship pol­icy has been thrown out of the win­dow.

“By rais­ing Trav­el­card prices by in­fla­tion and break­ing his big­gest prom­ise he is turn­ing his back on those who showed faith in him.

“Hun­dreds of thou­sands of com­mut­ing Lon­don­ers use Trav­el­cards, and thus will never see this freeze.”

He added: “Sadiq Khan was asked about his fares freeze thou­sands of times dur­ing the May­oral cam­paign.

“Not once did he men­tion that this freeze would not in­clude Trav­el­cards.”

A spokesper­son for the May­oral Of­fice said: “Ev­ery month at least seven mil­lion cus­tomers will ben­e­fit all the time as they do not reach ‘caps’ on pay as you go fares or do not use

“Trav­el­cards where the fare is set by the De­part­ment for Trans­port ac­cord­ing to na­tional gov­ern­ment fares pol­icy.

“Each month a fur­ther four mil­lion cus­tomers will ben­e­fit from the freeze when­ever they use TfL ser­vices for part of their jour­neys.”

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