Boris Johnson has asked Transport for London to investigate new forms of “fares concession” for poorer Londoners. The announcement follows Johnson’s decision to scrap the current Venezuela funded half-price fares scheme.
The decision to double fares for the poorest Londoners was one of the first major policy decisions of the Johnson administration and attracted criticism after City Hall took the decision to slip the announcement out over a Bank Holiday weekend in an apparent hope that it would attract little coverage.
Johnson’s office have since given a series of contradicting answers to journalists seeking to ascertain whether the Mayor would explore new funding opportunities for the scheme when the current finance runs out.
However in a written answer to Green Party Assembly Member Darren Johnson the Mayor now says he has “asked TfL to investigate more suitable forms of fares concession for low income Londoners for consideration at the next fares revision.”