Bus and tube fare rises for Havering passengers next week
Havering’s bus and tube users will be hit by fare rises from Wednesday.
Transport for London (TfL) has said that the increases have been kept to as low a rate as they possibly could, as it continues to improve the transport network – but a Havering councillor has slammed the extra costs.
On buses, the Oyster pay-as-you-go fare will rise by 5p to �1.40 and the cash fare will increase by 10p to �2.40.
On the Tube, cash fares will increase by 20p and Oyster pay-as-you-go fares will increase by either 10p or 20p.
Concessionary travel for young people, veterans and older and disabled will remain in place and the daily Oyster pay-as-you-go cap for Tube, DLR and rail travel will be frozen at 2012 levels.
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Cllr Keith Darvill (Labour, Heaton) said: “It’s disgraceful, this is what we were campaigning about in the London elections.
“Wages are being held back, there’s a public sector pay freeze and those in lower paid jobs are going to be hit hard.
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“It’s the wrong policy at the wrong time and it will damage the economy as people will have less money to spend.”
He added: “It doesn’t effect me so much personally as I mainly travel around locally, but I know a lot of people who it does.”
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Further investment on the transport network will help us to provide faster, more frequent and reliable journeys for Londoners; and is crucial to the economic development and growth that is so vital to our great city.
“This fares package is hugely important to our millions of passengers and I am very pleased to have secured nearly �100m that will help to keep fares as low as possible, and protect the important concessions that we offer the most vulnerable Londoners.”