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People have lost patience with rail fare hikes

10 January, 2020

• PEOPLE have rightly lost patience with continuous rail fare hikes, particularly when many have seen little to no improvement of their services.

The burden on people’s pockets could surely be lessened, and services improved, if privately-operated metro services are devolved into the more capable hands of Transport for London.

You need only to look at City Hall’s decision to freeze TfL fares for the fourth year running to know rail devolution could make life that little bit more affordable for beleaguered commuters.

Single pay-as-you go fares and paper single tickets on tube, Overground, and Docklands Light Rail services, remain as they did in 2016. So, too, ticket prices for buses and trams, for Santander cycle hire, and the Emirates Air Line.

Unfortunately City Hall does not have power to freeze fares on travelcards, because those prices have to be set in agreement with train operating companies and the government.

By the end of next year this freeze will have saved each household on average £200, providing a helping hand to those hit by the ever-rising costs of living and the lasting impacts of chronic austerity.

London AM for North East
(Hackney, Islington & Waltham Forest)


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