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Fares increase in perspective

Much of the commentary about last week’s London fares rise ignored the fundamentals and focused on distractions. This piece for the Guardian’s Comment is free blog is an attempt the explore those fundamentals.

I don’t want fares to go up, I wish that TfL could just learn to control its costs. Unfortunately cost control is simply not in its culture. The new administration has got to make such a culture change a priority. In the meantime this fares rise is a necessary evil I suspect.

Update: Andrew Gilligan in the Evening Standard is on the pretty much the same subject today, see here. He might have acknowledged his sources.