On Monday many people in Lewisham returned to work for the first time in 2016. And yet again, we’ve seen transport fares go up above inflation. Since 2008 under Boris Johnson the cost of a zone 1-4 travelcard has increased by £11.90 or 34%. The Tories have increased fares every year since Johnson's election in 2008. This has made travelling to work increasingly expensive, and added to the squeeze on incomes. You can find out how much your travel costs have gone up since 2008 here.
Labour's candidate for Mayor of London for Sadiq Khan has pledged to do things differently. He has promised to freeze fares for Londoners for the next 4 years, giving respite to commuters. The Tory candidate has not promised to do so – he would continue increasing transport fares.
Sadiq has also promised to introduce a new "Hopper" bus ticket. This would cost £1.50 and allow unlimited bus journeys in an hour. This ticket would help those who rely on multiple buses to get to and from work.
He said, "the Tories have put fares up year after year. Alongside soaring housing costs, fare rises have made London increasingly unaffordable even for Londoners on decent incomes. As Mayor, I'll stand up for Londoners and freeze all TfL fares, and end the unfair situation where two million bus users are penalised every time they have to change bus. A fares freeze is absolutely affordable - even the current Tory Deputy Mayor says so."
Lewisham Labour is dedicated to improving transport for Lewisham residents and we’ve fought for investment including in the DLR and the London Overground.
But with a growing population, we need better transport links. We’ve been campaigning for many years for the extension of the Bakerloo Line through Lewisham and Catford and into Bromley. TfL have finally announced plans to extend the Bakerloo Line, but only as far as Lewisham Station.
Councillor Alan Smith, Cabinet Member for Regeneration said: "we welcome the decision to extend the Bakerloo Line. But if it doesn’t go all the way to Bromley, it would be a massive wasted opportunity. As many Lewisham residents work in Bromley, as do in central London. Lewisham Labour will continue to campaign for TfL to extend the Bakerloo all the way to Bromley and we look forward to working with Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London to make this happen."