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Mayor’s fare package shows his lack of ambition for London – Caroline Pidgeon

November 12, 2015 10:46 AM

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor's fare proposals for 2016 said:

"I very much welcome the extension of National Rail free train travel to under 11-year olds, ending a long standing grievance for children living in South London.

'Under 11s already get free travel on the Transport for London (TfL) network but given that there are fewer tube lines in South London, children living South of the river have missed out for too long."

"Yet while this is a positive step forward the overall fare package reveals the Mayor's lack of ambition for London."

"We need to be implementing lower 'early bird' fares to help cleaners, security staff and other low paid workers who get to London's offices hours before most commuters. Such a policy would also help reduce overcrowding on the Tube.

"Bus users also need to be given a much better deal starting with a one-hour bus ticket. You can already switch from tube to tube on the same ticket, so it makes sense to allow people to do the same with buses."

ENDS

Notes to editors

Support for a one-hour bus ticket has long been advocated by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Members:

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/davehillblog/2015/aug/20/the-one-hour-london-bus-ticket-is-not-labour-invention