Assembly’s Budget Committee Chair responds to Mayor’s fares decision

21 October 2010

Responding to the Mayor’s fares decision for 2011, John Biggs, AM, Chair of the London Assembly’s Budget and Performance Committee said: 

“We are pleased that the Mayor has taken on board the Committee’s recommendation that bus passengers using Pay-As-You-Go and bus season tickets, who are often on low incomes, should not bear the brunt of next year’s fares rise. 

“We urged the Mayor to ensure these passengers, who saw fares increase by 20 percent earlier this year, were not hit disproportionately by another large rise again from January. 

“Although there are a range of views on the scale of the fares increases, there is some comfort in the fact that in his decision for 2011, the Mayor has spread the pain more evenly than in 2010. 

”However, at a time of difficulty for many Londoners, particularly those on low incomes, and particularly those on low wages for whom travel costs are a significant outgoing, the scale of the overall increase is of course unwelcome and will cause real hardship.” 

In August the Committee said that people on low incomes and not working were most likely to use buses with Oyster Pay-As-You-Go or season tickets, fares for which rose by 20 percent in 2010. [1] This was considerably more than the average rises in the costs of bus and tube travel in 2010 of 12.7 percent and 3.9 respectively. [2] 

The Committee therefore recommended that if the Mayor did decide to raise fares from January 2011, he should ensure the prices of bus PAYG and bus season tickets did not rise by more than other ticket types.[3]

Notes for Editors:

  1. A survey of 602 people was conducted by Steer Davies Gleave between 24 May 2010 and 9 June 2010 this year for the Assembly. Full results are contained the survey report here.
  2. See Mayor of London’s press release, Fares for 2010, published 15 October 2009
  3. See Recommendation 3 on P30 of the Committee’s Report ‘Balancing Act’ which is available here
  4. The press release announcing Mayor’s Fares decision yesterday is available here. The TfL press release is available here
  5. John Biggs, Chair of the Budget and Performance Committee, is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  6. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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