Yesterday Andrew Gilligan did a good piece illustrating the difference in price hike between Livingstone and Johnson. He rightly makes the point that we can judge both men on their record so we should. Gilligan created four scenarios and compared the price increase in council tax precept and combined for each man in their last term in office. Johnson comes out ahead in three out of four cases and draws on the fourth. Livingstone can make implausible promises about fares but his record show he costs you more. Livingstone cost you more when times were relatively good. Johnson costs you less when times are hard. That is worth having.
Case 1: Single person in zone 2, living in a Band-D house, travelling daily to central London by public transport
2004: £989 2008: £1200.36 2012: £1398.04
Case 2: Couple in zone 3, living in a Band-D house, both commuting to central London by public transport.
2004: £2145.33 2008: £2581.82 2012: £3042.72
Case 3: Couple in zone 5, living in a Band-D house, one commuting to central London by train, one travelling daily in the local area by bus.
2004: £2025.33 2008: £2485.82 2012: £3050.72
Case 4: Couple in zone 6, living in a Band-D house, one commuting to central London by train, one a tradesman with his own van, paying the congestion charge 5 days a week, 48 weeks a year, using autopay if available.
2004: £2973.33 2008: £4013.82 2012: £4602.72