Fare increases

Back in November 2007 I said that the fare freeze that Livingstone announced was a pre-election gimmick. I turns out that not only was I right but he didn’t even have the money to pay for it.

We are now left holding the baby. Crossrail, concessionary fairs etc all have to be paid for and I doubt anyone will thank us if we scrapped the transport improvements that we have planned because of the £80 million shortfall that Livingstone left us with.

The good news out of all this is that Boris has been able to extend the operating hours of the Freedom Pass. So much for Livingstone’s pre-election scare stories that we planned to scrap it.

I have little doubt that this will not be the last Livingstone bear trap that we find.

4 responses to “Fare increases

  1. Ken had a history of promising low fares before elections then pushing them up immediately afterwards. No doubt he planned to pull the same trick this time.

  2. Ken had a history of promising low fares before elections then pushing them up immediately afterwards. No doubt he planned to pull the same trick this time.

  3. £80m shortfall and you are still pushing ahead with the abolition of the bendy buses and commissioning new routemasters – estimated to cost over £100m. What a waste of our money.

  4. £80m shortfall and you are still pushing ahead with the abolition of the bendy buses and commissioning new routemasters – estimated to cost over £100m. What a waste of our money.

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