– Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT transport union
This increase shows that we are still paying off a heavy price for the expensive failure of the PPP (public private partnership) privatisation disaster.
It also means that the mayor has no excuse for cutting staff and closing ticket offices as he's lumping on above-inflation fare rises.
We believe there should be a policy of freezing fares to recognise the tough times people are facing, to increase the use of public transport and to help boost the economy.
London mayor Boris Johnson has announced an above-inflation increase in tube and bus fares in the capital. Fares will rise by an average of 4.2% in January. .