Thursday, May 13News For London

Londoners insist travel in London is overpriced but welcome TfL fares freeze

By Beth Keeley
Credits: Flippo Rossi

JUST ANNOUNCED: @TfL fares will be frozen again in January – the fourth year in a row.

Alongside the unlimited bus #Hopper fare – we’re making transport more affordable for millions of Londoners.#DeliveringChangeForLondon 🚇

— 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.”

Credits: Filippo Rossi

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.”