The great Tory train robbery
Steve Reed MP today joined Labour activists at Norwood Junction station to talk to commuters about the impact of Boris Johnson’s price hikes and ticket office closures that are being introduced in January.
Under Boris, the cost of a single bus journey has increased by 56% and a zone 1-6 travel card is over £440 more a year – the most expensive of any major capital city in the world.
The Mayor now plans to cut staff and close every ticket office in London – making commuting more difficult and less safe by cutting jobs. TSSA union bosses, who represent ticket office staff, said 2,000 jobs could be lost in two years.
Commenting on the Tory Mayor’s plans to raise fares, Steve Reed MP said:
“Boris Johnson’s record of hiking fares year after year has contributed enormously to the cost-of-living crisis here in Croydon. Today, people have told me that they are struggling to make ends meet as a result of the commute to London and are being priced out of finding work. Instead of wasting money on his vanity projects such as his £354,000 ‘Boris Buses’, it’s time this mayor put people in Croydon first and gave us all a break from his fare rises.”