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Sadiq Khan freezes public transport fares to ease cost-of-living pressures

“The cost-of-living crisis continues to hit Londoners hard,” Mayor Sadiq Khan said, adding he was setting aside 123 million pounds ($156 million) to freeze transport fares until March 2025

FILE PHOTO: People travel on a London Underground train during hot weather in London, Britain, June 17, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

By: Kimberly Rodrigues

In a bid to alleviate cost-of-living pressures and support the retail and hospitality sectors, London’s mayor Sadiq Khan announced on Friday (19) that the majority of public transport fares in the city will remain unchanged this year.

In London and across Britain, households have tightened their purse strings due to a cost-of-living crisis over the last two years that has pushed up the prices of everything from food to furniture.

“The cost-of-living crisis continues to hit Londoners hard,” Mayor Sadiq Khan said, adding he was setting aside 123 million pounds ($156 million) to freeze transport fares until March 2025.

“Not only will this put money back in people’s pockets, making transport more affordable for millions of Londoners, but (it) will encourage people back onto our public transport network.”

The freeze will affect all fares for buses, trams, the Tube underground trains and the Docklands Light Railway, as well as a majority of fares on the new Elizabeth line and Overground rail.

Operator Transport for London had originally planned for a 4% rise in fares.

However, the British capital still has some of the most expensive public transport fares in Europe.

A Greenpeace report last year ranked London the second-worst for public transport affordability among 30 European capitals, just head of Dublin.

(Reuters)

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