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‘I don’t see Sadiq using the buses,’ say passengers as London bus fares to rise

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London bus passengers are disappointed – but not surprised – after it was revealed that fares will be increasing all over the capital from March. The decision comes as Transport for London aims to salvage some of the lost revenues due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With more people working from home, there is less demand for Tubes, trains and buses in all parts of the city.

MyLondon spoke to passengers at bus stops in Tower Hamlets to find out what they thought of the imminent rise in prices. Some were disappointed and said it will “hit workers the hardest” – while others said it was “expected”. What is clear to see, though, is that people are less than impressed by the news.

It comes as Mayor of London Sadiq Khan revealed today that Transport for London bus fares will rise by 10p, from £1.55 to £1,65 next month. London Underground fares will rise by an average of 4.8 per cent, meaning most will increase by either 10p or 20p. It’s the biggest rise in TfL fare prices since 2012. Tube fares solely within Zone 1 will increase from £2.40 to £2.50.

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Michael Hubbard, 51, a cleaner, said: “I didn’t know about the rise in bus prices but 10p doesn’t seem like a lot to me. But I suppose it all adds up, doesn’t it?” Claire Tarr, 31, from Lewisham added: “I’m not a fan of Sadiq Khan. I think there’s some good things he’s done well but I feel like working people will be affected the most by this.”

Dad-of-one Eric Skorzjanec said: “It doesn’t bother me too much, I think the prices of everything are going up at the moment and there’s nothing we can do about it.” James Clayton, who works in the Canary Wharf mall said: “I don’t see rich people taking buses, or Sadiq Khan – it’s not people like him that this is going to impact.”

Sofia, who chose not to give her last name, said: “Public transport is supposed to be cheap. Although prices are going up by small amounts, if this keeps on happening then it could become unaffordable.”

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City Hall says that fares were frozen between 2016 and 2021, but TfL has been told to hike prices under the terms of central government bailouts. The daily cap will also increase by 30p to £4.95, the same price as three single journeys. Bus fares will increase by more than Tube fares – nearly three per cent more than inflation.

The Mayor of London said: “Public transport should be affordable to all, and I’ve taken bold action to ensure this since I became Mayor by introducing the unlimited Hopper bus fare and freezing all TfL fares from 2016-2021 – saving the average London household over £200.

“Since TfL’s finances were decimated by the pandemic, the Government has set strict conditions as part of the emergency funding deals to keep essential transport services running in London. We have been forced into this position by the Government and the way it continues to refuse to properly fund TfL, but I have done everything in my power to keep fares as affordable as possible.”

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