London’s Khan Pushes Through Fare Freeze on Buses, Underground

Commuters at Canary Wharf underground station.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

London Mayor Sadiq Khan froze fares on the capital’s transport system for four years, fulfilling one of his campaign pledges half a year after coming to office.

Single “pay-as-you-go” fares on Transport for London’s buses, trams and Underground will be kept at the same rate starting Jan. 2, Khan said Friday in a statement to the London Assembly. Fares on Overground rail lines that currently use the same payment structure as the Tube will also be frozen, as will the daily cap on tram and bus fares. 

Most rail prices will increase, as will the cost of season tickets because of “national government rail fares policy over which the mayor has no control,” Khan said. He called on the government to introduce a similar freeze.

“Our TfL fares freeze will save an average household 200 pounds ($248) over the next four years, putting money back into people’s pockets and playing an important role encouraging more Londoners onto public transport,” Khan said in an e-mail. “I’m now demanding that the government follows my lead and freezes fares on London’s suburban rail routes, where passengers have been hit by unacceptable delays, cancellations and overcrowding.”

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