London Assembly Greens call for fares debate ‘based on facts’

City Hall Greens have called for a fares debate “based upon facts” following publication of figures showing the average fare increases since 2005.

The figures, provided to London Assembly Member Darren Johnson by Mayor Boris Johnson, show average bus fares rose by 23% between 2005 and 2008 and 32% between 2009 and 2012.

Tube fares rose by 17% and 32% in the same periods.

Commenting on the figures, Darren Johnson said: “I think it is really important that we have a debate about fare increases which is based upon facts, rather than the selective slicing of statistics for particular years.

“The tables produced by the Mayor in response to my question will hopefully become the reference point for future debates. It is clear that fares have gone up faster than inflation under both administrations, but the increase is significantly higher under this Mayor.
“I hope that we can get away from an unproductive debate about whose fare rise was bigger in the past, and focus upon whether future fare rises are justified, or desirable.”


Airports Commission’s final report backs Heathrow expansion

Further growth at Heathrow is opposed by the Mayor and all 25 members of the London Assembly, as well as some local residents, noise campaigners and leading candidates to replace Mr Johnson at City Hall next year, including Tory hopeful Zac Goldsmith.

Two more unions vote to strike over Night Tube pay

City Hall and Transport for London say the service will transform night time journeys for millions of Londoners by cutting around 20 minutes from the average trip time. However the service’s start date of 12 September was announced before TfL and London Underground had reached agreement with staff and unions over pay.

Tories invite Londoners to pick their Mayoral candidate

All registered London voters are being invited to help choose the Conservative Party’s candidate for Mayor by taking part in a online primary. Applications to stand are now open and a shortlist of 2-3 candidates will be announced by the end of July with voting taking place after candidates have taken part in “several official hustings”.