Outer London fare hike rethink?

13 January 2015

The Mayor of London today promised to examine potential rises of 38% in Zone 1-6 fares, following pressure from the London Assembly.

At the Assembly’s Budget and Performance Committee, the Mayor admitted that changes to fund fare cuts for part-time workers had resulted in both “winners and losers”.

From the New Year, off-peak rail passengers using Oyster or contactless Pay As You Go outside Zone 3 saw their minimum daily cap shoot up.

 

PAYG daily caps have increased for off-peak passengers outside zone 3

 

2014

2015

Change

Zone 1-4 PAYG

£7.70

£9.20

19%

Zone 1-5 PAYG

£8.50

£10.90

28%

Zone 1-6 PAYG

£8.50

£11.70

38%

 

TfL will publish its evaluation of the impact of the change in six months and the Mayor confirmed he will look at how outer London passengers can be helped.

 

John Biggs AM, Chair of the London Assembly’s Budget and Performance Committee, said:

“Supporting part-time workers is important, but the Mayor needs to be clear on the details of who’s being affected to pay for this.

“We don’t want to see outer London commuters being unfairly targeted to help fund this policy, particularly if it means more people packing onto peak time services.”

“The Mayor should also look at the impact of increases to group fares – this could have a real impact on kids making school trips to museums and galleries.”

 

Notes for Editors:

John Biggs AM, Chair of the Budget and Performance Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.

As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

 

For media enquiries, please contact Ash Singleton on 020 7983 5769. For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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