I object to the increase of bus fares by 20p when school children and youngsters get free travel. Also to the raising of the underground fares. Boris Johnson clearly is much better off than the people he serves in London. The congestion charge is ridiculous as well. When will people who make these increases realise that real people do not get the ridiculous salaries that they do. I would love to see Boris trying to travel in the clapped out buses on the H11 and H13 bus routes. They have put on “newer” buses which I believe have done service over some years in Richmond.
Below is a summary of the changes to come in in January 2010. Tell Boris enough is enough!
You can contact the Mayor as follows:
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor of London
Greater London Authority
The Queen’s Walk
London SE1 2AA
Telephone: 020 7983 4100
Minicom: 020 7983 4458
Fax: 020 7983 4057
The changes include an increase in the Zone 1 Underground fare, when paid by Oyster smartcard, from £1.60 to £1.80. The congestion charge will increase by £2 to £10, although a decision on abolishing the controversial western congestion charging zone has been deferred until the spring. Road passengers face sharper increases than those on the Underground: the cost of a bus or tram journey, again paid for by smartcard, will rise 20% from £1.00 to £1.20. Cash fares on all modes are often considerably higher, and the £4 fare for a single Underground journey involving six zones will rise from £4 to £4.50. Most other cash fares and Travelcard prices will be unchanged.
The watchdog London TravelWatch said the rises were unacceptable. LTW Chair Sharon Grant said: ‘We are particularly appalled at the 20% rise in single bus fares, and the rise of a single Oyster trip in zone 1. It appears that infrequent, irregular users, such as part-time workers, will be disproportionately punished. It is these people who may well decide not to use public transport, not travel at all, or use their car instead.’