Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ken's Pledge to Cut Fares 'Is Reckless Vote-Grabbing'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ken's Pledge to Cut Fares 'Is Reckless Vote-Grabbing'

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Byline: Peter Dominiczak City Hall Correspondent

BORIS JOHNSON has attacked Ken Livingstone over the Labour mayoral candidate's promise to cut fares by seven per cent.

As the battle for City Hall intensifies, Mr Johnson blasted his opponent's "reckless vote-grabbing promise" to wipe out next month's planned fare rises. The Mayor said the move would cause "grave and irreparable damage" to the transport network.

Last week Mr Livingstone said he would save Londoners [pounds sterling]1,000 each over four years by reversing Mr Johnson's near-six per cent rise if he becomes Mayor after the May 3 election.

Mr Livingstone originally promised to cut fares by five per cent but he increased his offer in response to a [pounds sterling]136 million transport package for London unveiled by George Osborne.

The Chancellor's intervention allowed Mr Johnson to put up fares by just one per cent above inflation, rather than two per cent as originally planned. …

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