Yesterday the Mayor announced that he would continue with the fares policy he laid out a number of years ago, to increase fares by inflation plus 2%.
No one likes fares going up but Boris is dealing with the legacy of under-investment in the transport system and ensuring the money raised is going into public transport improvements. He is doing exactly what he said he would do.
Unsurprisingly Livingstone has jumped on this as an opportunity to attack. Once again his hypocrisy is breathtaking.
Boris is investing more in transport improvements than Livingstone ever did and is being open and honest about fares policy. Compare the to Livingstone who froze fares ahead of the 2004 election and then cynically whacked the up afterwards and did the same in 2008 leaving a multi-million pound black hole in TFL’s finances.
Fare rises are never good news but ask yourself how you want your bad news delivered, honestly or deceitfully?