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Anger at fare increase for Transport for London users
Increases in Transport for London fares have been attacked by politicians who say people will be paying for a worse service.
Fares on TfL are due to increase from January 19, but members of Harrow Labour group argue that the rise will hit those affected by a cost of living crisis.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced there would be a cap of increases at the level of inflation of 3.1 per cent, but Labour has pointed out some rises are higher.
London Assembly member for Harrow and Brent, Navin Shah said: “Despite his promises many transport fares in London will go up above inflation this month.
“This couldn’t come at a worse time as Londoners continue to be hit by the cost of living crisis.
“We’ve seen food, fuel and rents all going up above inflation, rather than using his position to provide some much needed release to Londoners Boris has whacked them with another fare rise.
“To make matters worse these fare rises come at the same time as Boris is planning to cut 750 frontline station staff across our city. People will be paying more money for a worse service.”
Increases above inflation include the price of a Zone 1 to 4 annual travelcard, which has gone up 3.2 per cent to £1,800 and bus pay as you go services, which have gone up to £1.45, an increase of 4.8 per cent.
However some of the increases are not above the rate of inflation, including the cost of a monthly travelcard from Zone 1 to 5 will rise to £205.10, an increase of 3.1 per cent.
Also an annual travelcard from Zone 1 to 5 has gone up by £64 to £2,136, an increase of three per cent.
TfL say on average fares across the whole network will rise by 2.7 per cent, below that of inflation.
It added in its latest business plan sets out how it plans to save £16billion across the whole service while increasing investment in infrastructure over the next ten years.
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