Thursday, 22 March 2012

Boris Johnson's bus fare rises in full

Boris's record in office has been pretty meagre. So meagre in fact that he's taken to inventing achievements.

Recently he claimed to have saved London households £445 in council tax over four years, rather than the £3 he's actually saved us this year.


However, speaking on BBC 94.9 this morning Boris boasted that "bus fares are still lower in real terms than they were in 2000."

Now bus fares may well be lower in real terms than 2000 but they're significantly higher in real terms than they were in 2008, when Boris came in.

Here's the facts:

Single Oyster bus fare in 2008: 90p
Single Oyster bus fare in 2012: £1.35

Percentage increase: 50%

7 Day bus pass in 2008: £13
7 Day bus pass in 2012: £18.80

Percentage increase: 44.6%

Monthly bus pass in 2008: £50
Monthly bus pass in 2012: £72.20

Percentage increase: 44.4%

Annual bus pass in 2008: £520
Annual bus pass in 2012: £752

Percentage increase: 44.6%

Source: bus fares 2008, bus fares 2012

Even the cash fare (which TfL today told me that only 1.2% of bus users actually pay) has risen by 15% over the last four years.

So when Boris claims that bus fares are lower than 2000, what he's really saying is that bus fares went down by so much in Ken's time in office, that even his own 44%-50% rises haven't managed to cancel them out.

As TfL themselves put it:

"Over the last decade bus fares in London have reduced in real terms although the trend over more recent years has been upwards"

Upwards by as much as 50% in fact.

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