London-wide fare increases announced

The BBC reports:

Bus and Tube fares will both rise by above-inflation rates in 2010, London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced.

Bus fares are to go up by 12.7% and Tube fares will rise by 3.9%. Oyster card pay-as-you-go bus journeys are to rise from £1 to £1.20.

The Congestion Charge is rising to £10, while Mr Johnson said a £9 charge for those using a new account system would be operational next year.

The mayor said the price of a seven-day bus pass will also jump from £13.80 to £16.60 but London Travelcard prices will be frozen in the vast majority of cases [potentially a big plus for many Brockley commuters].

No word yet on whether there will be special discounts for bachelors.

With thanks to Tressilliana for spotting it.

20 comments:

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Are you allowed to use a gender specific term like bachelor? ;-)

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Aside from the light hearted banter above, I would like to defend Boris on this ocassion. (I don't normally although I did vote for him originally).

Good news with the bad please - the cost of most multi-zone weekly travel cards is frozen. My journey to work next year therefore will cost the same as it did this year.

Anonymous said...

Hard-working spinsters will also be looked after.

Down with Brockley kids.

Tressilliana said...

I'm glad for you, Michael. But I am between a rock and a hard place, as it seems it will now cost me much the same to go to work on the increasingly inadequate rail service from Crofton Park to Denmark Hill or by bus (takes longer, but until now cost less).

If I could cycle and wasn't a coward that would be one obvious solution. The other is to start walking to work, at least some of the time. Not an option for most people, though!

Brockley Nick said...

Quite right TM - missed that in my haste to post. Now amended. This is like wikipedia.

Headhunter said...

I would prefer him to have raised funds by extending the congestion charge zone (as promised by Ken), increasing the congestion charge for 4x4s and gas guzzlers to £25 (as per Ken), abolishing the next stage of the LEZ (which would have brought in revenue from polluting lorries and vans entering London), not incurring further transport expense by scrapping the perfectly acceptable and highly efficient people carriers that bendy buses are and by not embarking on the highly expensive process of having a whole new bespoke Routemaster bus designed and possibly put into production.

Under Ken the polluting minority subsidised the majority using public transport, under Bozo, this has been reversed. Not to say that had Ken still been in power he would not have raised ticket prices, but BoZo has simply thrown away several sources of income at the behest of motorists and polluters to the detriment of air quality in London. And he calls himself the cycling Mayor... Pah!

Anonymous said...

Ken's "gas guzzler" type policies were sheer tokenism, dog-whistle politics to appeal to the Mungerati. Glad that crap isn't part of the agenda any more.

Brockley Nick said...

Totally HH.

He's now been forced to introduce the LEZ by the threat of huge fines for failing to meet air quality standards. 3,000 deaths a year in London from associated diseases.

Mr Chips said...

'Behest'. Now there's a word you don't see on the internet that often. A gold star for HH.

Hugh said...

All good news. Go by bike, you lazy, selfish things.

monkeyboy said...

quite anon, we need more cars in central london with massive engines not fewer.

Headhunter said...

Quite Monkeyboy, we DEFINITELY need more big Beemers trolling a couple of miles round London with a single occupant, pumping fumes in the faces of the general population as they tootle in and out of Kensington at an average speed of 10mph!

Bozo simply leaps on populist policies that he thinks will please in the short term without any thought to how they will affect future funding and costs.

There was a documentary a while back with someone comparing BoZo to a child skipping carelessly through a garden picking the pretty flowers to offer to its mother but not grasping the problems caused by weeds. I thought that was the perfect analogy.

Ken made some unpopular decisions, but ultimately, they were for intended for long term benefit. Bozo reversed these and fannied about designing a new bus and is now forced to hike public transport costs.

Lets hope it's his death knell.

Tinsie said...

I'm totally with Headhunter on this one. My only consolation is that I didn't vote for Bozo in the first place. At least it means I can hold my head high, even though I'll be paying through the nose whenever I have to use public transport, as I have no need for a travelcard.

Matt-Z said...

I'm with Anon. All cars in London should have engines with a minimum displacement of 3 litres. The bigger the engine, the cheaper the tax disc should become.

Monkeyboy said...

Just received this in our LU mailboxes, refering to the implications of the 5bn TfL cuts (I'm no Boris fan, but Ken may well off had to make similar decisions had he still been in)Essentially it says that station modernisations at the ex Metronet managed stations will cease. Now TfL had commited to bring Overground stations (including Brockley up to standard, it would be fair to assume that this will not now happen

(for deferal read cancelation)

....For LU, this will unfortunately mean the deferral of more of our step-free access schemes and the deferral of the station modernisation and refurbishment programme for BCV and SSR, in locations where work has not yet started....

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Why don't we hire a vintage routemaster for the next brockley central drinks and tour round all the previous venues!?

We could jump on and off the rear platform, sustain multiple injuries and relive our youth.........

Opps I've gone off off topic - I'll get my coat.

Other Pete said...

Livingstone very deliberately held back necessary fare rises prior to the Mayoral election purely as a piece of short-term political manipulation in order to buy off the electorate - it didn't work for him. Had it done so, he'd still have to put up fares, just as Johnson has had to.

It was just another of his knee-jerk political miscalculations - probably prompted by his shadowy Socialist Unity clique. We're well rid of him - I just feel sorry for the murderous totalitarian Chinese government employees who have to put up with him sniffing around them on his 'business trips'. Others may feel differently however.

lb said...

Ah yes, no doubt the first of many 'painful choices' (the pain being, of course, ours) indicating the kind of political landscape we might be facing next year.

Everyone together: "It’s the same the whole world over...It’s the poor what gets the blame"

BrockleyBiker said...

All the more reason to get on two wheels, be it with or without engine.

HH you forgot in your list about the Johnson's scrapping of the Western bit of the CC, an absolutely bloody stupid peice of pandering.

Anonymous said...

Yes and also blowing all those fumes,Into the faces of smokers having to smoke outside pubs.

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