The main London impact of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement has been to seemingly cause chaos at Transport for London and City Hall, as he announced that regulated fares will be held down to a rise of RPI (3.1%) instead of RPI+1%.
On Tuesday, we finally found out what next year’s fares will be. Oyster Pay As You Go on the tube is mainly being frozen, but travelcards (and bus fares) are rising by an average of 4.1% – RPI+1% – because
Travelcard season tickets cover both National Rail (NR) within Greater London and TfL services, and revenue is therefore split between the different operators and TfL, the weekly, monthly and annual Travelcards will rise by 4.1 per cent on average (RPI+1) to meet the NR fares rise of RPI+1 per cent.
complementing the decision by the Mayor of London to cap average fare increases in London for 2014
which isn’t at all clear on whether there’s extra money for London as well as the rest of the country. We’ve called TfL to see if this means travelcards will also be coming down, but at the time of publication we’ve heard nothing back. The BBC’s Tom Edwards received this note from the Mayor’s office, which ends by hopefully saying they “look forward to receiving extra funding from Government that will enable us to now hold Travelcard fare rises to RPI”.
What’s immediately clear is that nobody at City Hall or TfL knew this announcement was coming, as they’d surely have held off releasing fares just two days ago rather than be publicly made to scrabble around for an appropriate response. That in itself raises questions about the state of relations between (Conservative) Boris Johnson and the (Conservative) members of government. But of course it raises even more questions about what we’ll all be paying next year. We’ll let you know as soon as we find out.
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