East Londoners face New Year travel fare increases

East London travellers face price hikes on bus, tube and rail services tomorrow as Transport for London (TfL) bosses increase fares above the rate of inflation.

Average fares across TfL services, including London Underground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Overground and bus journeys will increase by 6.8 per cent, two per cent above inflation.

Single bus fares will rise to �1.30 for a pay-as-you-go journey and peak-time tube journeys for zones 1 to 2 will go up by 20p to �2.50.

East London Assembly member John Biggs slammed Mayor Boris Johnson over the price changes, saying it showed continued evidence of his lack of concern for ordinary working Londoners.

Mr Biggs said: “TfL and the Mayor say these latest inflation-busting increases are necessary given budget pressures, but the Mayor has just scrapped the Western extension of the congestion charge zone, which was bringing in �7million a year.

“Instead some of London’s lowest paid workers, who tend to rely on the bus as the most affordable form of transport, will be footing the bill instead.”

Mr Johnson, said: “I have kept the fares for 2011 at the absolute minimum while still protecting the vital improvements that London’s transport network needs.

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“Those improvements include upgrades to the tube, the delivery of Crossrail, and maintenance of London’s bus network.”

The anytime zone 1-3, 1-5 and 2-6 day travelcards, as well as the off-peak 2-6 version, are also to be withdrawn as TfL looks to encourage more Oyster card usage.

TfL says that only 6000 passengers a day, including a few hundred during the morning peak, use the zones 2-6 day travelcard and argue that by switching to Oyster, these customers will “see little increase in their travel costs.”

On the tube, DLR and Overground, peak-time journeys in zone 1 will go up from �1.80 to �1.90 and for zones 1 to 3 from �2.70 to �2.90.

Single pay as you go peak-time journeys excluding zone 1 increase by 10p to �1.40 for zone 2; remain at the same price for travel in zones 3 and increase by 30p to �2.50 for travel in zone 4.

The cost of a one day travelcard for zones 1-2 increases by 80p to �8 during peak hours and by �1 to �6.60 at off-peak times while seven-day travelcards for zones 1-2 will go up from �25.80 to �27.60 for peak journeys and from �19.00 to �20.80 off-peak.

A new initiative allowing all Tube journeys into zone 1 during the evening peak to be charged off-peak rates will also be announced and the minimum balance for Auto top-up users will increase to �8.

For full details of all 2011 fares, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets.