Ken Livingstone could introduce an emergency fares package if he wins next year’s Mayoral elections.
Stressing he didn’t yet have a firm policy, Livingstone said he was looking at “bringing forward the fares package from January 2013 to October next year”.
Livingstone made the comments while campaigning in Hackney alongside comedian and Labour supporter Eddie Izzard and running mate Val Shawcross.
Last week Mayor Boris Johnson confirmed that fares would increase in line with his RPI + 2% policy – the fourth rise since he took office.
City Hall’s opposition parties have repeatedly opposed the increases and Livingstone has sought to make fares a major plank of his election campaign.
Mr Livingstone said Johnson’s policy would be “dead” if he succeeded in winning back City Hall next May and promised there would be no further above inflation fare increases.
He also said he would ”like to try to reduce some fares” but stopped short of promising to do so.
Audio: Ken Livingstone and Eddie Izzard Q&A with students at Hackney’s BSix College
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