Boris Johnson struggled to work out how much he would have to pay in the New Year when fares go up. On LBC 97.3 he was asked how much a one-way ticket from Angel to London Bridge would cost. The Mayor referred to a series of tables, and then got the figure wrong saying:
"It seems unbelievably expensive to me. That's outrageous. That cannot possibly be right."
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Even Boris Johnson seemed confused over the cost of public transport fares in 2014. During his regular LBC 97.3 phone-in show London's Mayor was asked much a one-way ticket from his nearby station Angel to London Bridge would cost. Boris Johnson replied:
Oh blimey. I've got the figures here... A cash single, it is currently, in zones one to seven, it is £6.70. Can that be right? That's what it says here. Seems unbelievably expensive to me. That's outrageous. That cannot possibly be right.
After a pause to study the figures, London's Mayor continued:
Oh zone one, here we go, £4.50.
Boris Johnson has agreed that London public transport fares will only rise with inflation in 2014 to help commuters with the cost of living.
The Evening Standard is reporting that tickets will only rise in line with the 3.1 per cent inflation rate on average from January – which is 1% less than the expected rise of 4.1%. According to the newspaper, some of the key announcements from City Hall include:
- Most Oyster PAYG fares for the Tube, DLR & Overground frozen at 2013 prices.
- Zone 1 peak & off-peak single tickets & Zone 1-2 off-peak single ticket will increase by 10p.
- Cash fares for a single bus journey frozen at £2.40 but Oyster PAYG or contactless card rise by 5p to £1.45. A 7-day bus pass rises 80p from £19.60 to £20.40.
- Cash Tube single fares jump 20p to £4.70.
- No rise on daily maximum charged to Oyster PAYG.
However, there is some disappointment for some commuters as other tickets, including Travelcards, will go up by more than inflation.