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Boris breaks another election pledge - this time on fares

20 January 2014

A joint protest against Boris Johnson's above inflation fare rises was mounted as Londoners traveling to work began paying the new fares for the first time today.

He was accused by the Labour Party and the TSSA rail union of breaking an election pledge in 2012 to actually cut fares in his second term.
Speaking outside London Bridge station, alongside London Shadow Minister Sadiq Khan and GLA Labour transport spokeskesperson Val Shawcross, TSSA leader Manuel Cortes said: "Millions of Tube travellers will find their travel cards going up by 3.1% today-the sixth year running that the Mayor has brought in increases above inflation rises. This was despite a clear manifesto commitment to "bear down on fare rises" and a personal pledge to Andrew Neil that "they will go down in an honest and sustainable way under me"."*
He also said there was a further backdoor increase because the popular off peak travel cards, zones 1 & 2 and zones 1 & 4, have now been scrapped in favour of the more expensive zones 1 & 6 cards.
"We are not surprised at this latest broken promise," he added. "After all, he promised in 2008 to keep open every ticket office and we now know that that was not worth the paper it was written on.
"He wants to close the lot of them by November 2015 as well as taking out nearly 1,000 jobs." 
The protesters handed out postcards to travellers urging them to write to the Mayor asking him to honour his election pledge. The TSSA is currently balloting LU station staff on strike action in protest at the ticket office closure programme.
* All bus and travel cards were increased by 3.1% from yesterday (Jan 19) in line with average increases for regulated national rail fares.

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