Yesterday the Mayor reconfirmed the price rises for London’s public transport due on 2nd January. The headline should have been “Fares up 33%”.
Instead the Mayor came up with “Travel in London is cheapest with Oyster”. Yes, of course it is cheapest to use the Oyster card, TfL are trying to get rid of cash which makes life much easier for them. Ealing Times seems to have got the story about right.
Just to be clear cash fares for buses are going from Â£1.50 to Â£2 and tube fares are going up from Â£3 to Â£4. Oysters are fine but how often do you forget yours? I know I am often in situations where I want to travel but have no Oyster.
I commented on these fare rises in September (see previous posting). The most weasely bit of the press release is where they talk about tube fares rising by RPI + 1% and bus fares rising by RPI + 3.8%. Shame our salaries and benefits are not rising so fast. Don’t forget Brown usually increases benefits by CPI which is typically 1% lower than RPI so pants-on-fire Livingstone is telling porkies even when he pretends to be talking straight.