Members of the Orpington Labour Party handed out leaflets outside Orpington, Petts Wood and St. Mary Cray stations this morning (Tues 4 Jan 2011) protesting against Boris Johnson’s unfair fare increases which greeted commuters returning to work after the Christmas break.
Some fares have increased by over 40% during the three year’s of Boris Johnson’s control of London’s City Hall. The price of a single bus journey has leapt up by 44% from 90p to £1-30.
A monthly travel card from Orpington to London has gone up by an inflation busting 6% over 2010, and one day travel cards have risen between 14% and 25%.
Orpington Labour Party Secretary Nigel de Gruchy said:
Between them the Chancellor and London Mayor – the ‘Boris and George show’ – have turned in a seriously bad performance.
They have cut London’s transport funding by over £2 billion making a mockery of Boris’ claim to be defending Londoners. Adding insult to injury Boris Johnson has thrown away £50 million by scrapping the Western Extension of the congestion charge, inflicting much damage on the environment at the same time.
The sooner we get Ken Livingstone back in charge of London the better it will be for the capital’s commuters and travellers. Low fares provided the bedrock for the 40% increase in passenger numbers achieved during Ken Livingstone’s eight years as mayor (2000-08).
Boris has sold us down the Thames.