Wednesday, July 25, 2007

August Londoner

The latest edition of the 'award winning' Londoner is landing on doormats around town. Highlights include:

Bus fares to be cut by ten per cent (front page)

New powers will ease the cost of housing for all of the capital's families (pg2)

Nelson Mandela's statue to be unveiled later this month (pg3)

Cheaper bus fares for London (Mayor's column pg5)

Cleaners' victory against supporters of poverty pay (pg6)

Londoners on income support to get half price bus fares next month (Chavez deal pg7)

Londoners say keep the Freedom Pass (pg9)

This low bus fares edition was sponsored by full page advertising from TfL on pages 4,16 and 20. I don't recall seeing any articles in the Londoner when bus fares went up by more than inflation for three years in a row...

3 comments:

weggis said...

Ting, ting! Next stop....Election.

Phil Taylor said...

Roger,

Last year's massive fare increases were announced on 11th September only days before they came into force.

This year's partial cut, which merely only partially undoes recent rises, was announced on 18th June.

Last year off peak fares went from 80p to £1. They will go back down to 90p so they will still be 12.5%higher than they were a year before.

The Mayor really is a creep.

Peter Horrie said...

Phil Taylor wrote:
'Last year's massive fare increases were announced on 11th September only days before they came into force.'
Not true Phil. They may have been announced in the autumn but they were definitely introduced some time later - in January 07 in fact.

Phil Taylor states:
'Last year off peak fares went from 80p to £1. They will go back down to 90p so they will still be 12.5%higher than they were a year before.'

But peak fares last year were £1 so peak fares are being cut by ten per cent. As more people travel in the peak, this is a highly significant cut Phil.

And at the same time a weekly bus pass is being by a quid.

Funnily enough Phil Taylor forgot to mention that.