TfL fares to rise despite fare freeze 'confirmation'
Commuters in and around London will face an average price increase of 1.9% this week, Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed.
The move, which came into force from 2 January, affects the price of most travelcards, while daily and weekly price caps - the most you pay per day or week when using pay as you go services – will also rise.
The fare rise comes despite London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, saying in his ‘Manifesto for all Londoners,’ dated 9 March 2016, that one of his priorities would be to “freeze London transport fares for four years”.
Fares that have been frozen include:
- All fares on buses and trams
- Most single pay-as-you-go fares and paper single tickets on Tube and DLR services
- All Santander Cycle “Boris bike” hire and access charges
- All fares on the Emirates Air Line
But arguably the prices that have been frozen mainly consist of single fares, which are not ones commuters typically use.
TfL’s website states that: “Travelcard prices and daily and weekly caps are set with the train companies and not solely by the Mayor”.
Mr Kahn has also previously argued for TfL to be given control of suburban commuter lines. On 6 December 2016, he said in a statement: “The only proven way of improving services for passengers is giving control of suburban rail lines to TfL… Anything short of this simply won't make the improvements desperately needed. It is a fact, TfL lines have more frequent trains, fewer delays and cancellations, more staff at stations and fares are frozen. We will keep pushing the government to deliver the rail devolution they have promised and that is needed."
He argued this again in a piece he penned for the Evening Standard, written yesterday (3 January), where he says: “The truth is that TfL is simply better at running commuter lines than the Department for Transport — something it has proved time and again. Look at the London Overground service, which runs inside and out of London. It has gone from being one of the worst-performing services in the country to one of the best since TfL took control.”