Labour’s London mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone has today begun a leaflet campaign against the transport fare rises.
The average fare for Tube, bus, London Overground, Docklands Light Railway, boat and tram services has risen by 5.6% this year.
Ken Livingstone said: “This is the wrong fare rise at the wrong time.”
But London Mayor Boris Johnson’s spokesman said: “The mayor has kept fares in the capital lower than anywhere else in the country.”
More than 500,000 leaflets were being delivered to Londoners as part of Ken Livingstone’s “fare deal” campaign.
The Labour mayoral candidate has pledged to return fares to 2011 levels if he becomes London mayor following May’ s elections.
Mr Livingstone said: “Before millions of Londoners even arrive at work this morning they will have felt the pain of a fourth year of above inflation bus, Tube and train fare hikes under Boris Johnson.”
But Mr Johnson said: “The fare cuts being suggested by the former mayor would devastate local bus services and seriously undermine the vital improvements needed to deliver a safe and reliable Tube fit for the 21st Century.”
Transport for London (TfL) said the rise was to ensure transport upgrades and front-line services were protected.
Thornton councillors joined the campaign for fair fares and Ed Davie said: ‘Our constituents are facing tough times and the last thing they need is yet more inflation-busting fare rises. Tory Mayor Boris Johnson should return from his luxury Italian ski lodge and explain why he has cost London transport more than £50 million a year by scrapping the congestion charge for Kensington and Chelsea and replaced it by taxing bus fares by more than 50%. If Ken Livingstone is elected he will cut fares by 7% saving the average Londoner £1,000 over the course of the mayoralty.’