Brent politician attacks Mayor of London over new Tube fares

Navin Shah, left, has accused Boris Johnson, right, of risking fire response times and the safety of

Navin Shah, left, has accused Boris Johnson, right, of risking fire response times and the safety of residents (Pic credit: PA) - Credit: Archant

A Brent politician has slammed Tube fares increases which will be introduced in the New Year.

Navin Shah, Labour London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow, told the Times all fares should have been frozen across the board.

He has hit out after Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, announced today that fares will rise by one per cent from January 2 but added it was a ‘freeze’ in real terms due to inflation rates.

However single bus fares and most pay as you go single Tube fares will remain the same and in addition free travel for children under the age of 11 will be extended to National Rail services in London.

Mr Shah said: “By increasing adult fares yet again Boris Johnson has dealt a parting blow to Londoners who have already had to contend with astronomical fare rises during his mayoralty.

“Commuters in the capital will be left bewildered as to why they have seen their fares rise year after year whilst there has been so little investment in the transport projects that London actually needs.

“Prices may have gone up but our buses remain overcrowded and the Tube upgrade is lagging significantly behind schedule.

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“Whilst the extension of free travel for under 11s is welcome it will do little to help hard pressed commuters in Brent and Harrow.”

Mr Johnson said the increases are in line with the July Retail Price Index (RPI) which is an overall freeze in real terms.

He added: “It’s the third year in a row that we’ve been able to offer this great deal, allowing us to keep the cost of travel down while continuing our vital programme to modernise the network.”

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