Ex-Mayor Livingstone

Bus and Tube pain for New Year

oystercard.jpgYesterday 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 £1.50 to £2 and tube fares are going up from £3 to £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.

9 replies on “Bus and Tube pain for New Year”

A report to the Assembly Budget Committee last year found that poorer Londoners were less likely to use Oyster pre pay, either because they could not afford the initial outlay or because they were unaware of the savings that could be made. Once again our Mayor is presiding over a policy that hits those who are least able to afford it.

why do you complain about nothing. what is wrong with trying to get rid of cash if it makes life easier for everyone. the oyster card costs nothing. you are required to put down a £3 refundable deposit to ensure you take care of the card. daily and weekly travel cards have gone up by about 50p on the average. so get your facts right mate!


Getting rid of cash is fine but it is for TfL’s benefit not ours. Cash is expensive to handle but it has great benefits to customers. It is much easier for a tourist to use cash than apply for a special card. People on benefits do find £3 a big expense and are often not going to be that good at filling in another form. £4 tube fares and £2 bus fares will cause a lot of pain. I personally resent having to carry a card around to avoid being gouged by TfL.

Maybe TfL could cut its £78 million advertising bill before it makes life harder for its customers. Maybe TfL could get rid of some of the 821 people who earn more than £50K.

Last year TfL received £2 billion in subsidies. It really is one of the most wasteful and dumb bureaucracies anywhere in this country.


Dave Jones,

I’m sure that once everyone has switched to Oyster, Ken will probably say that cash is no longer accepted and push the fares up on the Oyster at the same time!

Livingstone’s election pledges included no increase in tube fares or the congestion charge, both of which he broke almost immediately. Why does no one hold his hypocricy up to the light? Are the London papers too dependent on his advertising? Leaving aside his totalitarian behaviour, the man is a liar and a fraud.

[…] In typically mendacious style the Mayor talks about his increase being 29p per week rather than an inflation busting 5.2%, a figure that does not appear anywhere in his two press releases. The Mayor wants you to work this out for yourself. Then again he never spelt out his 13.3% precept rise last year (see previous story) or the 33% rise for cash fares on public transport in January (see previous story). […]

It’s quite scary when you think that in 1968 the minimum fare for the tube was sixpence (6d = 2-1/2p); in 1972, this was 5p, and I remember it being 50p in the late 1980s, and now £1.50 by Oyster and £4 cash. How did things get so expensive?!

Your off mate. It was still 4d minimum fare in 1968 when I moved to London – South Ken to Sloane Square. And a whole shilling I think to Temple.

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