John Biggs, Tower Hamlets Labour Party’s Mayoral candidate, local councillors and candidates joined residents and cost of living campaigners at local stations this week to protest London Mayor Boris Johnson’s latest round of London Transport fare rises.
Despite pledging a ‘real terms freeze’ on bus and tube fares, the Mayor has u-turned on his promise for many services raising the cost of single bus journeys, TfL rail services and some Travelcards at higher than inflation rates.
Under the Mayor’s price hikes, a single Oyster bus fare will now cost £1.45 and a pay as you go rail journey in Zone 1 £2.20 – that’s a rise of 4.8% – much more than the rate of inflation.
Labour Party councillors and candidates were speaking to local commuters at stations all around the borough including: Whitechapel, Aldgate East, Crossharbour, Shadwell, Stepney Green, Mile End, Island Gardens, Langdon Park, Bromley-by-Bow, Devons Road, Wapping, and Tower Hill.
These rises will particularly affect people living in Tower Hamlets who use the Zone 1-3 services.
John Biggs Local Labour London Assembly Member said:
“Despite his promises many transport fares in London will go up above inflation this month. Bus fares have now risen by over 60% since Boris Johnson became Mayor in 2008 and Travelcards for Zones 1-2 and 1-3 are up by 3.3% and 3.4% respectively. This couldn’t come at a worse time as people in Tower Hamlets 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 Johnson has whacked them with another inflation busting fare rise. People are increasingly asking ‘whose side is he on?’”
“To make matters worse these fare rises come at the same time as plans to cut 750 frontline station staff across our city. Despite huge protests from people in Tower Hamlets the new Whitechapel Station will not have a ticket office. People will be paying more money for a worse service.”