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|Post-Election Tube Fare Hike Planned|
- Buses earmarked to take surplus Underground passengers
BIG increases in peak time Tube fares are on the cards after the Mayoral elections next month.
It has been reported that Transport for London are considering a hike of at least ten per cent in central London fares to try to encourage more people to use buses. The theory is that with Tube trains at the very limit of their capacity in the mornings, it makes sense for more people to use buses, especially now the Congestion Charge has helped improve bus speeds and reliability.
Fares for the rest of the day could come down as part of the revamp of the fares structure - a move which it is hoped would push more commuters into working more flexible hours.
Transport chiefs are believed to be waiting until after the Mayoral elections to unveil their plan, in a bid to avoid too heavy a political backlash. Current Mayor ken Livingstone as elected in 200 on a promise to keep fares down but this year alone has seen central London Tube fares rise by 25 per cent.
Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate Simon Hughes is trying to make hay with this record and has campaigned for an Early Bird scheme which would cut fares for those travelling before 7am.
RESPECT, the new left-wing party that grew out of the anti-war and anti-globalisation movements launches its Mayoral campaign today, pledging to cut all Tube fares to UKP1