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.
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.
Transport for London have assured commuters that they are doing everything possible to minimise the risk of collisions between pedestrians and buses following the publication of new collision figures.
New figures released this morning revealed that 1,889 people have been killed or seriously injured in an accident involving a London bus in the last five years.
It comes on the same day a woman, in her 30s, was involved in a collision with a bus on Vauxhall Bridge Road in Millbank.
Mike Weston, TfL’s Director of Buses, said: “Any death or serious injury involving the bus network is deeply felt by us, and we do everything possible to minimise such incidents.
“The proportion of road traffic accidents involving London buses which result in an injury is actually very small at six per cent and falling. Collisions with pedestrians has fallen by around 40 per cent since 2008/09 and fatal collisions have been reduced by around 60 per cent."
Mr Weston insisted there was no room for complacency and that TfL were working with pedestrian, cycling and safety stakeholders to improve the design of roads, reduce traffic speeds and raise awareness of road safety.
New figures reveal that 1,889 people have been killed or seriously injured in an accident involving a London bus in the last five years.
In a new report 'Clear Road Ahead: Bus collisions and the need for transparency', GLA Conservatives transport spokesman, Richard Tracey, is urging transport bosses to publish the worst performing bus companies and routes.
Rush hour commuters are being asked not to get on the Northern Line between Tooting Bec and Clapham North - because TfL say it's just too busy.
The pilot project, which starts on Monday, will see TfL offering advice on alternative routes and asking commuters to walk or cycle instead of boarding trains on the line between 0800 and 0845 on weekday mornings.
The scheme follows similar tactics adopted during the Olympics to reduce overcrowding.