TfL Fare Income Takes Serious Hit, Poses Problems For Mayor

8 February 2017, 13:54

Sadiq Khan On The Tube

Income from fares is down £90m this year for TfL and it's posing problems for Sadiq Khan's fare freeze, says LBC's Theo Usherwood.

Tube journeys are down 14m on projections, with a cost of £43m to the TfL coffers. Meanwhile bus fares are down £51m, with the fall ascribed to passengers turned off by the level of crowding on buses.

The congestion charge is another factor in the falling income: money made from that has gone down by £6m, because more cars in central London are eco-friendly and are thus exempt from the charge.

That puts Sadiq Khan's fare freeze plan in a bit of a tight spot - it's already forecast to cost Transport for London £640m.

Val Shawcross , Deputy Mayor for Transport at City Hall, told LBC:

“We are delivering major efficiency savings that have already reduced the cost of operations by £129m compared with the first three quarters of 2015/16  – far outweighing this slightly lower fare income – and generating more money from our commercial development.”

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