Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PROTEST NEW-YEAR FARE RISES; over the New Year, Tube, Bus and Rail Fares Were Hiked despite an Apparent Lack of Improvement in Services. Here Are Some of Your Views

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PROTEST NEW-YEAR FARE RISES; over the New Year, Tube, Bus and Rail Fares Were Hiked despite an Apparent Lack of Improvement in Services. Here Are Some of Your Views

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CANNOT remember being so angry about fare increases.

There is so little justification for this excessive tax on the travelling public. For example, the abolition of the Weekend Travelcards has increased my weekend travel cost by a third. As I work in town on the weekends, I am now forced to pay [pounds sterling]12 for two tickets instead of [pounds sterling]8.10 for one.

I realise that the Government short-changed Transport for London-in terms of funds, but TfL must share some of the blame too.

It wasted money on the over-ambitious expansion of the buses - especially the bendy buses, which carry far too many passengers who don't pay their fares.

While Tube and rail commuters are paying more and more in fares, travellers in south-east London can bus into town for free.

It's time for TfL to get real.

If the Chancellor is not willing to release funds, then it has to scale back its plans.

Bemi Irone, Croydon.

*IF YOU are a Zone 4 Tube user who buys monthly or annual travelcards - stop buying them!

Thanks to TfL's 2005 price revisions, it is now cheaper for most Zone 4 commuters to use Oyster prepay every day on the Tube than it is to buy a monthly or annual Travelcard.

The average commuter with four weeks' annual leave would travel to work 236 days a year.

An Oyster prepay return for Zone 4 now costs [pounds sterling]5. But a monthly Travelcards works out at [pounds sterling]5.94 a day, and an annual travelcard [pounds sterling]5.16 a day.

Is this how Ken Livingstone intended people to make London their oyster?

Neil Spellings, Purley, Surrey.

* Further to your article (Commuters return to big increases in fares, 4 January), you will understand my anger on 1 January when I went to renew my annual season ticket from Rainham to London.

I had already enquired about the cost ([pounds sterling]2,223) in December and went to pay this amount, when I was informed that there had been an increase on 19 December of 5.26 per cent before the increase on 2 January.

This information was kept from passengers before the event.

South Eastern Trains probably has a team of lawyers to say that this is legal, though I beg to differ, as according to it, the service has improved since it took over the franchise. …

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