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Green Party: Londoners 'really struggling' with fare rises

Darren Johnson AM, London Assembly Member for the Green Party, has hit out at Mayor Boris Johnson over fare increases on London's Transport System.

He was responding to accusations made by Transport for London Commissioner Peter Hendy, who claimed there could be 'social unrest' if transport links are not improved for lower income Londoners living on the outskirts of the capital.

The Mayor recently increased fares for the seventh year in a row. As Sir Peter rightly points out, millions of Londoners are really struggling with stagnant pay and spiralling housing costs. Being forced to pay high fares to use increasingly overcrowded buses and trains is making life even harder.

As more and more low-income Londoners are forced to relocate to outer London boroughs, the Mayor should be reacting by investing in the bus service and delivering safe, appealing cycle routes that people want to use for their commute to work. He should not be pushing road-building projects aimed at encouraging driving, especially when the majority of low-income families in London don’t own a car.

– Darren Johnson AM, Green Party London Assembly member

London could face riots if transport system is not improved, TfL boss claims

Sir Peter Hendy, the head of Transport for London, says London's transport crisis 'risks sparking riots' if more is not done to improve services on the network.

TfL chief Sir Peter Hendy has warned of more riots in London if the transport system is not improved Credit: Transport for London

In an interview with the Guardian, he warned of 'social unrest' if low paid workers living on the outskirts of the capital could not commute more easily into the centre of the city for work.

London's poor don't live in Harrow Road, they live in Enfield and Tolworth and if you can't get them to jobs they want, your city's going to be in a bad way: it's not going to progress and contribute to national economic growth.

The stakes are pretty high. If you're not able to increase transport capacity, and people find accessing work impossible, you risk social unrest. You can expect trouble.

– Sir Peter Hendy, speaking to The Guardian

He also claimed that without new rail lines and major infrastructure projects, such as Crossrail 2 being started immediately, overcrowding in central London could reach "overwhelming" levels. Crossrail 2 is expected to take at least 15 years to complete.

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Plans to cut frontline tube staff revealed

Frontline staff numbers could be cut at London underground stations. Credit: ITV News.

New figures obtained by a London Assembly member have revealed that Transport for London is planning to cut around a fifth of staff working in stations across the network.

The proposals would see staffing cut at 216 stations with around 588 workers due to be cut in total across the network.

London Assembly Labour group transport spokesman Val Shawcross said the impact would vary across the capital but some stations could see as much as a 58% reduction in staff.

TfL Broadway plans attract more criticism from Green Party

Plans by TfL to redevelop 55 Broadway, the home of London Underground, have attracted further criticism from the Green Party today over an apparent lack of affordable housing in the plans.

“Rapidly rising prices and rents, are major reasons why Londoners are feeling priced out of their own city. The Mayor should be using every opportunity he has to increase the amount of social housing in London, as that is the best way of putting a brake on run-a-way prices.

Instead, the Mayor is adding fuel to a rising property market by allowing Transport for London to build and sell luxury flats in central London and Earls Court...

...The Mayor is selling the family silver, whilst leaving Londoners without any long term benefit in terms of housing that will stay affordable.

– Darren Johnson, London Assembly Green Party Member

Tube headquarters set for revamp

The overground embodiment of London's Underground Tube network is to undergo a mass transformation, transport bosses will announce today.

The Underground's historic home, 55 Broadway, is to be redeveloped into residential accommodation as part of plans by Transport for London (TfL) to generate more non-fare revenue.

Bosses expect the Grade I listed Westminster building, which has stood for 85 years, to be converted from offices into new retail units and residential space, including some affordable housing.

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Experts say going cashless is part of a 'seismic shift' in shopping habits

When asked about London buses going cash free from today Dave Hobday, Managing Director of Worldpay UK, the country's leading payment processing company has said the move is part of a wider shift.

We're on the cusp of a seismic shift in shopper behaviour, and predict that everyone from farmers markets to buskers will go cashless.

Contactless kills queues and means businesses never lose a sale during peak times.

– Dave Hobday, Worldpay UK

Ten years ago around 25% of journeys were paid for with cash, but now it's less than 1% .

Over 44,000 passengers a day use 'One More Journey'

In the last month over 44,000 bus passengers a day have used the 'One More Journey' feature introduced to ease the transition of buses going cash free.

It allows users to make one more journey should they not have enough credit on their Oyster card or if their travel card or pass has just expired.

Of those passengers, over 80% have topped up before making a further journey. As a result of this, cash fares dropped and so were only used for 0.7% cent of all journeys on London buses.

Passengers can make one more journey if they have run out of credit on their Oyster card Credit: PA
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