Boris Johnson was left red-faced today after the Chancellor announced the rise in rail fares would be capped in line with inflation.
Closer examination of the figures paints a slightly different picture to the one the Mayor wants us to believe.
Fares in London are, on average, being held at the inflation rate for 2014 but some Tube season ticketholders will have to fork out more.
The mayor must believe he is some sort of magician if he thinks he can slash a thousand jobs and still run safe services when everyone knows that staffing has already been cut to the bone while passenger demand continues to rise.
Throwing in the plan for night time operation at the weekends is just a smokescreen to try and camouflage the real issue which is a savage cuts to jobs, access and safety. Any move to run through the night would require huge additional capacity and staffing and wholesale changes to fleet and infrastructure maintenance that would require the agreement of the tube unions and the issue has only been flagged up today as a diversion from the massive cuts agenda.
– Bob Crow, RMT Union
Londoner's should not be fooled. Axing staff and ticket offices is part of the drive to a faceless, automated tube where you take your chances the moment you step onto a station, a platform or a train. That is the real issue we have been confronted with today.
– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
For 150 years the Tube has been the beating heart of London, its tunnels and tracks providing the arteries that have transported millions of people and helped to drive the development and economic growth of our great city.
Now it is time to take the Tube to the next level and so for the first time in London's history, we will provide a regular 24-hour Night Tube service at weekends. This will not just boost jobs and our vibrant night-time economy, it will further cement.
- Five lives to run overnight at weekends
- All ticket offices to close
- All Tube stations will continue to be staffed
- A reduction of around 750 jobs out of LU's current total of 18,000
- The plans will deliver savings of around £50 million a year
Paul MJ As long as there are staff in the stations I don't see a problem as the majority of Londoners never seek assistance from staff. Tourists will have problems I'm sure, but to have a 24 hour weekend tube is a big step forward and needs doing to help out the volume of people catching night buses
Francesca Calardo Have they lost their minds!!!!
London Underground announced big changes today, including the closure of every ticket office, and some Tube lines to run overnight at weekends. London Underground is also planning to cut cutting 750 jobs.
A series of new initiatives were announced today, including contactless bank card payment technology from next year, extended Wi-Fi coverage at underground stations, improved ticket machines, and staff based in ticket halls and on platforms rather than in ticket offices.
London Underground says it will launch a new 'Night Tube", which means trains on some lines will run at the weekend for 24 hours:
- Central Line
- Jubilee Line
- Northern Line
- Piccadilly Line
- Victoria Line
The overnight service is due to start in 2015.