London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced above inflation fare increases for January 2012. At the launch of the Fares Fair campaign with Eddie Izzard, Ken Livingstone pointed out that since Boris became mayor in 2008, a single bus fare will have risen by a breath-taking 56%, and a weekly bus and tram pass by 47%. A weekly zone 1-4 travelcard will have gone up by 23%, costing us an extra £461 per year more, while a weekly zone 1-6 travelcard is up by 22%, or £509 a year more. The rising cost of living is hitting public transport users hard. At a time when family budgets are being squeezed the last thing we need are such steep fare rises.
Freedom Passes give pensioners and those people registered as disabled, free travel on most forms of public transport. Bromley Council has a poor record in supporting this scheme.
A vote for Gareth on October 20th will ensure that the Council Tax you pay is used in the most efficient way, so that everyone is treated fairly in Bromley.