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Navin Shah GLA Brent & Harrow
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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.