Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Has Most Expensive Commuter Travel in the World

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Has Most Expensive Commuter Travel in the World

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Byline: Joe Murphy and Dick Murray

MILLIONS of commuters were hit by inflation-busting fare rises today as research revealed that London already has the most expensive transport in the world.

As the long-dreaded "fare rise day" finally arrived, bringing increases of up to eight per cent in the capital, travellers complained that they were being unfairly squeezed.

And with high winds bringing disruption to some lines, including a tree on a line at Bellingham in south-east London, some were late for work despite paying an average of almost six per cent more for the privilege.

The sting in the tail for long-suffering commuters came in new figures compiled by the House of Commons library revealing that London tops a league table of ticket prices in 20 major worldwide cities.

In London a peak Zones 1-4 single journey costs [pounds sterling]3.60 -- twice as much as similar journeys in New York, where it cost [pounds sterling]1.56, Paris [pounds sterling]1.46, Milan [pounds sterling]1.29, and Copenhagen [pounds sterling]2.77.

A Zone 1-4 travel card costs [pounds sterling]10.60 in London compared with [pounds sterling]5.84 in Berlin, [pounds sterling]3.12 in Los Angeles and [pounds sterling]3.44 in Rome. Barcelona was more expensive than London for this type of ticket, at [pounds sterling]11.86, but the Spanish city offered fares of just [pounds sterling]1.25 for single journeys anywhere, which would mean cheaper trips for some.

Today's rises mean commuters will pay hundreds of pounds more for season tickets.

From Swindon the cost of an annual travel card goes up by [pounds sterling]455 to [pounds sterling]8,047.

From Bournemouth the cost goes up by [pounds sterling]360 to [pounds sterling]6,480 and from Ramsgate by [pounds sterling]300 to [pounds sterling]5,264.

The rail industry said it had kept its average increase to 5. …

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