Published on : Thursday, June 9, 2016
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is accused of altering his flagship election promise of freezing all the transport fares throughout London. According to his election campaign, he promised that the commuters will not have to “pay a penny more” after his selection.
Mr. Mayor revealed on 8th June, Wednesday that his promise will cover only single and Pay As You Go fares and nothing more. This statement brought anger among the Londoners, who supported him in the elections. According to them, the mayor, who got elected in May, is breaking his promise.
The election manifesto of Khan stated, “Londoners won’t pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today.”
But the recent statement suggests that travel-cards, contactless card fares and daily ‘caps’ on Oysters will not be covered by the plan. The circumstances also suggest that the passengers throughout London are likely to experience a hike in the fares due to inflation.
Mr. Khan stated, “My promise to freeze Transport for London fares is there but obviously I can’t make the government do what I am doing. If all fares were frozen including those set by the DfT (Department for Transport) TfL would have to compensate the DfT for lost revenue.”
He also pointed out that it is all “for the DfT to make sure they fulfill a promise that I made to Londoners.”
A member of Liberal Democrat London Assembly, Caroline Pidgeon said, “The reality is that many Londoners will see their travel-cards rise over the next few years. What we have found out today feels like a very early broken promise from London’s new Mayor.”
Spokesperson for the Mayor informed, “Sadiq is delivering on his promise to freeze fares for Londoners and today he confirmed that millions of passengers using TfL bus, Tube, Overground, DLR and tram services will see no increase in their fares while he is Mayor. The fares freeze will benefit 96 per cent of commuting Londoners.”
Tourists are less likely to save penny from transportation, while strolling through the alleys of London.