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.
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.
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.
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.
The RMT has announced a fresh wave of industrial action ahead of a decision today on who will replace the late Bob Crow as the union's General Secretary.
The action comes as part of a long running row over ticket office closures. The RMT is accusing London Underground of being "hell-bent" on carrying out a programme of ticket office closures and job cuts despite months of talks.
Plans for an overtime ban and other forms of industrial action were suspended earlier this month, but members will now ban overtime from Wednesday until further notice.
Voting to decide who will replace Bob Crow as General Secretary of the RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transporters Union) Union ends today.
Mr Crow, who was from Shadwell in East London, died earlier this year. During his time leading the union managed to increased membership by 20 thousand.
Five people are running for the post, including Acting General Secretary Mick Cash.
Transport for London has announced that contactless payment will be rolled out on September 16. The scheme, already available on buses, will allow commuters to pay with credit and debit cards that feature the contactless icon.
Contactless payments coming to Tube, London Overground, DLR and Trams from 16 September
New contactless payment option from 16 Sept will mean customers will no longer have to check and top up their Oyster balance
Technology will automatically calculate the best value for contactless travel from 16 Sept with ‘Daily’ and ‘Monday to Sunday’ fare capping
There are delays this evening on the Circle, District and Hammersmith and City lines after a woman was killed by a train at Edgware Road this afternoon.
Her death is not being treated as suspicious.
Severe delays on the entire line due to an earlier customer incident
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.
Ten years ago around 25% of journeys were paid for with cash, but now it's less than 1% .
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.
Transport for London will save £24m a year by stopping taking cash on buses. They have said the money will be re-invested to further improve London's transport network
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