By Beth Keeley
Londoners believe travel in London is still too expensive despite TfL announcing fares will stay the same for another year. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, confirmed the price freeze for the fourth year in a row. The freeze on fares for buses, trams, tubes and DLR journeys will last until 2020.
One Londoner complaining of the price of travel said: “The cost of living is very high in London so it would help if the cost of travelling was subsidized more.”
Another said: “It’s nice that prices are going to be frozen but it’s still overpriced.”
This is the final part of a four year commitment the Mayor made in 2016, when he promised to freeze TfL fares.
The Mayor’s TfL fares freeze is aimed to help Londoners and visitors by ensuring travelling by bus or tram ticket in London is affordable. Daily and weekly caps are not included in the freeze along with weekly, monthly and annual travelcards.
JUST ANNOUNCED: @TfL fares will be frozen again in January – the fourth year in a row.
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) November 18, 2019
Mr. Khan said: ‘I am freezing TfL fares again next January – the fourth year in succession I have frozen them. All single pay as you go fares on Tube and DLR trains will remain the same until the end of next year.”
‘“Alongside my £1.50 Hopper fare – which allows people unlimited changes on bus and tram journeys for free within an hour – we are making transport more affordable for millions of Londoners.”
Shashi Verma, director of strategy at TfL, said: “We are committed to making travelling by public transport in London as affordable and convenient as possible.
“Millions of people travel using bus, Tube and rail services across London, and through our pay-as-you-go fares system we are helping to encourage more people out of their cars and on to public transport.”
TfL fares increased by more than 42 per cent in the eight years before Sadiq Khan became Mayor.
However Mr. Khan was criticised in October by London Assembly Member, Caroline Russell, who pointed out the rising costs of travel cards.
“The Mayor’s heavily promoted Bus Hopper fare and frozen single fares on Transport for London services are no good if you’re living in zone 4 and rely on a zone 1-4 travelcard that’s gone up £250 since 2016. Even if you’ve moved to contactless, daily and weekly caps are set at travelcard prices.”