Fares (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
December 14, 2011
Question By: 
James Cleverly
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Mr Mayor, I am just curious as to who we should believe when it comes to these things. I seek your guidance on this. I am curious as to whether we should believe Ken Livingstone when he claims that he will use 'excess profit' at TfL to cut fares or whether we should believe a Mr K Livingstone, former Mayor of London, who in 2006 said, 'We do not make a profit. We are not allowed to make a profit'. I am curious as to whether we should believe the Ken Livingstone currently campaigning to be Mayor of London when he says he will deliver his fare cuts policy without touching either future investment budgets, reserves or existing operating budgets, or whether we should believe Mr K Livingstone, former Mayor of London, who in January 2000 said with regards to proposals to cut fares, 'That is fine, as long as it also has the honesty to go on and say what I should cut whilst cutting fare increases'.

Finally, I am curious as to whether we should believe the Ken Livingstone currently campaigning to be Mayor of London when he says, 'The operating surplus is a completely separate budget to capital budgets which fund investment' or whether we should believe Mr K Livingstone, formerly of this parish, who said in October 2004, 'Capital investment will be funded from grants provided by government grants and revenue surpluses'. So I am just unsure whether we, you and indeed Londoners should believe the Ken Livingstone currently vying to be Mayor of London or the former Mayor of London when defending his incredibly high fare increases in former years.

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Answer for Fares (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Fares (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

): I think the point is well made. The real difficulty is you had two occasions when Londoners were promised that fares would not go up. On both occasions they did go up, on the second occasion by a huge amount. I do not want to get into the game of making false promises. We keep fares as low as we conceivably can and we are going to get on with improving Londoners' transport.