Boris Johnson has reversed his decision to scrap half-price bus and tram fares for people on income support, it was revealed today.
The welcome u-turn was announced alongside an unwelcome 11% increase to single Oyster bus fares and a 10% increase to flat tube fares for children aged 11-15.
Speaking to the Budget and Performance Committee Boris Johnson said that he had decided to restart half price fares, but would fund them through the TfL's existing budget.
The new fares will begin in January, meaning that those people who reapplied for the discount before the August deadline will not suffer any additional financial loss above the announced increases.
However, it was not made clear whether those people on income support who do not regularly read Boris Johnson's press releases, will have to wait until January before they can reapply.
The Freedom Pass for the elderly will also be extended to 24 hours as promised and some off peak fares will be reduced.
Having it both ways
However, Boris Johnson was accused of trying to 'have it both ways' by pushing all blame for today's fare increases on to his predecessor.
Liberal Democrats Assembly Member Mike Tuffrey said at today's meeting:
"You were elected on a cost cutting agenda and Londoners will be dismayed that your first decision is to increase the cost of living.
"You can't blame the previous Mayor. He left you a growth in the budget of 5% and to come before us today and say it is all (his) fault when you are increasing spending is disingenious to put it at it's mildest."
Asked about the supposed 'black hole' left by the previous Mayor, the GLA's Executive Director Finance and Performance Martin Clarke said that Ken's figures had in fact been balanced.
However, this did not stop Boris continuing his tirade against the 'electoral bribery' and 'largesse' of his predecessors decision to freeze fares last year.
There was also disquiet amongst members that details of the fare increases were leaked to the press, but not sent to the committee charged with scrutinising them.
However, unlike the assembly members questioning him in the chamber this morning, you can now read full(ish) details of Boris's fare changes here.