Londoners using the travel network to get to work are being warned that the new year brings with it an astonishing rise in ticket prices. The withdrawal of some tickets on the underground will also force many to pay massive increases for their daily commute.
As of 2 January, those with an Oyster Card, travelling within central London’s zones 1 and 2 will have to pay £1.80 for a single journey. The cap on journeys, which is the maximum a passenger can be charged in a single day, will increase by 80 pence, for those choosing to travel during peak periods, from £7.20. Those travelling during off-peak times will see the daily cap go up to £6.60, a price hike of £1.
A Travelcard from zone 1 to 4 is also set to increase by £1 to £7.30. The price rises will be compounded by the fact that passengers will no longer be able to opt for a ticket covering zones 2 to 6. Instead of paying £5.10, travellers will be forced to invest £8 in a zone 1 to 6 Travelcard.
The zone 1 to 3 and zone 1 to 5 Travelcards will also become unavailable in the new year. London TravelWatch said the disappearance of the cards is most likely to affect those who do not regularly travel into the capital and those who live further from the centre of town.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has defended the fare increases by saying that they are necessary to support the upkeep of the capital’s travel network.