Labour candidate for mayor Sadiq Khan pledges four year TfL cash freeze
PUBLISHED: 18:13 04 January 2016 | UPDATED: 18:20 04 January 2016
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Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate for mayor of London, today pledged a four-year cash freeze on all TfL fares as commuters returned to work following a one per cent fare rise on January 2.
Despite the rise, in line with the July Retail Price Index (RPI), single bus fares and all but two pay-as-you-go single tube fares remain frozen.
Saying he would scrap funding for “expensive vanity projects”, the MP for Tooting outlined a long-term plan to make savings within TfL and generate additional revenue to fund the freeze.
“As Mayor, I’ll stand up for Londoners and freeze all TfL fares, and end the unfair situation where two million bus users are penalised every time they have to change bus.”
The MP, also pledged to introduce a new bus ticket called ‘The Hopper’, which allows people to change buses as many times as needed within an hour while only paying a single fare of £1.50.
Conservative candidate for London mayor, Zac Goldsmith was approached but unavailable for a comment on what he would pledge as London mayor.
Speaking in video message recorded at a housing development at Barking Riverside this morning,, the Conservative hopeful said: “Housing is by far and away the number one concern in London.”
And in September, speaking at the Evening Standard’s Tory mayoral hustings, he said it was a “reckless gamble” to make a bold pledge to bring down fares”, adding although he would like to reduce fares he would not pledge to.
Mr Khan added that although a “fare freeze” was “absolutely affordable”, a tough road lay ahead.
“I want to be totally honest with Londoners - it will mean taking some difficult decisions,” he said.
The MP said he would end any further public funding for the Emirates Cable Car, which costs more than £5million-a-year to run, and further purchases of the new Routemaster buses.
Hinting at job cuts, Mr Khan added engineering functions within TfL would be merged and “major efficiency savings” would be made against the overuse of consultants and agency staff
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