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Inflation figures spell bumper fare rises for commuters in Brent and Harrow

With RPI inflation today (Tuesday) calculated as 2.5%, I am urging the Mayor of London not to impose his planned inflation busting fare rises. The Mayor’s Business Plan states that fares are scheduled to increase at RPI plus one per cent in January, meaning that fares would rise by 3.5% across London.

The planned rises mean that despite the Mayor pledging to lower fares, since he came to power the cost of travel will have increased by an average of 42% now costing commuters in Brent and Harrow a lot more for an annual travelcard.

Today’s inflation figures mean that fare rises for January 2015 are likely to be:

-       Bus and Tram Pay as You Go – up to £1.50 - a 60p rise since 2008

-       PAYG TfL Rail Services Zone 1 – up to £2.28 - a 78p rise since 2008

-       Zone 1-3 monthly Travelcard – up to £146.35 - a £30.35 rise since 2008

-       Zone 1-4 monthly Travelcard – up to £178.85 – a £45.95 rise since 2008

-       Zone 1-4 annual Travelcard – up to £1,863 - a £391 rise since 2008

-       Zone 1-5 annual Travelcard – up to £2,211 – a £554.76 rise since 2008

This is the sixth time since Boris Johnson became Mayor that commuters in Brent and Harrow have faced inflation busting fare increases. Yet again Boris just hasn’t been straight with Londoners. He pledged to keep fares low, but is set to oversee a 42% rise in fares since becoming Mayor.

 Instead of accepting another year of inflation busting fare rises the Mayor should be standing up for hard pressed Londoners and scrapping his plans for above inflation fare rises.

I urge residents to speak out on ticket office closures

I am urging residents in Brent and Harroe not to miss out on their chance to help stop the Mayor of London’s proposal to close all the Capital’s tube ticket offices. If implemented the decision would not only meant the loss of every one of London’s ticket offices but would see 900 station staff axed.

Boris Johnson plans to axe tube ticket offices and their staff despite the fact that last year almost 40% of ticket sales were conducted by staffed station counters. Opponents of the cuts argue that, even without ticket offices, staff should be retained to deal with more complex queries such as refunds and to help people unfamiliar with the tube network or less comfortable using ticket machines, for example tourists.

During his election campaign in 2008 Johnson pledged not to close any front counters promising to ensure there “is always a manned ticket office at every station”.

 

The consultation, which launches on Friday (15th) and runs for 6 weeks, is run by London TravelWatch and can be completed at www.Londontravelwatch.org.uk.

 

Not only has Boris Johnson gone back on his word to keep staffed ticket offices, he also wants to axe 900 staff. Whilst we are not opposed to a modernised service utilising new technology to free staff from ticket counters, it is imperative that those staff are retained in the station and remain accessible to passengers.

 

People in Brent and Harrow need staff there to help them and deal with the problems which arise. They don’t want the unstaffed ghost stations they would get if Boris Johnson’s cuts are allowed to go through.

Now is the chance for local people to have their say and tell Boris Johnson that closing ticket offices and cutting hundreds of staff just isn’t on, especially after he specifically promised not to.

 

Notes

 

-       The latest figures from TFL, revealed through Freedom of Information requests, showed that 39.15% of ticket sales in 2013/14 were bought in ticket offices.

Officials “trying to pull the wool over residents’ eyes” over A&E closure

Health Chiefs have published leaflets and posters informing residents of “changes” to emergency services at Central Middlesex Hospital, when in fact the hospital’s A&E department is set to close.

Despite medical staff at the hospital initially wanting to use the word “closure” in literature, the hospital took the advice of PR advisers and referred to the closure as “changes” to emergency services.

It’s a disgrace that, having forced the closure of Central Middlesex Hospital’s A&E department, bosses are trying to pull the wool over residents’ eyes by branding the shut down as a simple change.

 The least the local community can expect is to be honestly informed of the closure of services, but instead we are being treated like fools. I am calling on Central Middlesex to stop listening to PR advisers and have a grown up conversation with the local community about the cuts to our emergency services.