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Khan accused of fares freeze U-turn

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been accused of breaking pre-election promises to freeze fares on public transport in the capital.

During his election campaign Khan said Londoners “won’t pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today”. However, he now says the fares freeze will only apply to single journeys. Passengers using Travelcards, Oyster cards or pay-as-you-go contactless cards will not benefit from his plans.

London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon said: “I think you have broken your fares promise.”

However, Khan pointed out that the Department for Transport sets Travelcard fares, and claimed that 96% of commuting Londoners will benefit from the freeze.

  • For more on this, read RAIL 803, published on June 22.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 09/06/2016 21:21

    Not to mention new trains to be built for London Overground, MTR Crossrail 9Elizabeth Line) and new tube trains for the 4 London Underground deep level lines (Bakerloo, Central, Piccadilly and Waterloo & City lines).

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    • Barry - 14/06/2016 22:38

      That's literally nothing to do with the article.

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      • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 15/06/2016 00:51

        Oh Bahumbug. Whatever.

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  • Melvyn - 09/06/2016 23:32

    Sadiq Khan said TFL fares and those like Andrew Boff Tory GLA member knows full well that The Mayor only has control over TFL fares and not national rail fares which are set by the DFT and thus Tory Government. This is what Sadiq has said on Mayors site - The fares freeze on TfL services will put money back into the pockets of Londoners. An average household will save around £200 over the four years. For example, regular users of the bus and tram 7-day pass will save around £400 over the four year term. In 2020, a bus journey will still cost £1.50 and a Tube journey from Finsbury Park to Oxford Circus will still cost £2.90 in the peak and £2.40 at all other times. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Londoners currently pay some of the highest public transport fares anywhere in the world. My fares freeze on TfL services will make life easier for millions of people and will ensure that London becomes a more affordable city for all.

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