Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Commuters to Get Refunds in Mayor U-Turn on Fares

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Commuters to Get Refunds in Mayor U-Turn on Fares

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Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor

THOUSANDS of commuters are to receive refunds worth hundreds of pounds a year after Boris Johnson staged a U-turn on fare rises.

The Mayor has announced that the off-peak daily cap in outer London will effectively be reinstated for part-time workers. He is now under pressure to "hold his hands up" to his mistake and fully reverse his withdrawal of off-peak caps.

The higher charges kicked in on January 2, after Mr Johnson axed some cutprice rates. Some commuters who benefited from a daily cap of PS8.50 offpeak faced a new "all-day" limit of PS11.70. For zones 1-5 the cap went up to PS10.90, and between zones 1-4 it rose to PS9.20 a day.

But Transport for London will now provide automatic refunds to those who incur a higher fare than the old off-peak daily cap twice or more in a week in zones 4 to 6. The new off-peak daily caps will be PS8 for zones 1-4, and PS8.80 for zones 1-5 and 1-6. Refunds will be backdated to January and start in April, and then be paid monthly. …

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