London fares rise

London mayor Boris Johnson has announced an above-inflation increase in tube and bus fares in the capital. Fares will rise by an average of 4.2% in January. .

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TSSA rail union: 'Boris jacks up fares at twice rate of inflation'

Boris deserves a gold medal in cynicism. Not only does he try to bury bad news on the back of Obama's victory, he also jacks up fares at twice the rate of inflation.

He also manages to break two election pledges into the bargain, by hiking charges for bikes as well as inflation-busting fare increases. He is the Pinocchio of British politics.

– Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union

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Bob Crow: 'There should be a policy of freezing fares'

This increase shows that we are still paying off a heavy price for the expensive failure of the PPP (public private partnership) privatisation disaster.

It also means that the mayor has no excuse for cutting staff and closing ticket offices as he's lumping on above-inflation fare rises.

We believe there should be a policy of freezing fares to recognise the tough times people are facing, to increase the use of public transport and to help boost the economy.

– Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT transport union

Boris 'secured' £100m to keep fares as low as possible

Before the end of the year I will spell out further investment on the transport network that will help us to provide faster, more frequent and reliable journeys for Londoners, which is crucial to the economic development and growth that is so vital to our great city.

This fares package is hugely important to our millions of passengers and I am very pleased to have secured nearly £100 million that will help to keep fares as low as possible, and protect the important concessions that we offer the most vulnerable Londoners.

– BORIS JOHNSON
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