I am calling on the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to freeze fares in 2014 for people who commute from Barking & Dagenham.
London’s commuter fares are the most expensive in the world. I was shocked when I learned that Transport for London, which is responsible for our buses and trains, is sitting on a surplus.
At a time when wages are falling and household bills keep rising that’s just not acceptable. Both the Government and Boris Johnson should be taking every step possible to ease the burden on commuters.
I have signed Early Day Motion 516 which states:
“That this House notes that London commuter fares have become the most expensive in the world and are an ever increasing pressure on Londoners’ household budgets while real wages are falling and bills are rising; further notes that since 2008 the cost of a single bus journey in London has increased by 56 per cent and that a zone one to six travel card is £400 a year more expensive; further notes that Transport for London has reported unbudgeted operational surpluses for the previous three years and is showing evidence of regularly under-anticipating fares income and over estimating other expenditures; and calls on the Mayor of London to use his discretion to freeze fares at RPI for 2014, easing the pressure on ordinary Londoners during the current cost of living crisis.”