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.
In London a peak Zones 1-4 single journey costs £3.60 – twice as much as similar journeys in New York, where it cost £1.56, Paris £1.46, Milan £1.29, and Copenhagen £2.77.
A Zone 1-4 travel card costs £10.60 in London compared with £5.84 in Berlin, £3.12 in Los Angeles and £3.44 in Rome. Barcelona was more expensive than London for this type of ticket, at £11.86, but the Spanish city offered fares of just £1.25 for single journeys anywhere, which would mean cheaper trips for some.
Labour Party candidate for the London Mayoral election in May 2012 Ken Livingstone said,
“Someone on the minimum wage is spending 27 per cent of their take home pay on their fares. The average person is having to work five to six weeks a year to be able to afford to go to work.”
That is why Ken Livingstone has pledged to use the Transport for London operating surplus budget to cut tube and bus fares for ordinary people.