Adam Bienkov | Tuesday 3 December, 2013 09:58
Freezing fares will lead to cancelled projects and the removal of concessions for pensioners and the unemployed, Boris Johnson has warned himself.
“Obviously it is hard for me to predict what anybody who was in that crazy position would be forced to cut,” Johnson told himself two years ago.
“But I can certainly tell you that… you face a threat to all kinds of things, not least the concessions I have already mentioned and some of the vital improvements to our network, particularly in outer London bus services”.
There would be “no doubt” that freezing fares would lead to a “very substantial erosion” of services he warned adding that he was “absolutely determined to prevent that from happening.”
Writing for the Telegraph two months ago he said a “universal fares freeze” would take “a huge chunk out of the budget. It means indefinitely postponing or cancelling schemes that are essential for growth, such as replacing the clapped-out signalling on the District line, or ordering new trains for the Piccadilly.”
Today Boris dismissed suggestions from himself that a universal fares freeze would threaten services saying the £350 million cost to TfL “would not in any way prejudice our ability to invest in the network”.
Get the latest articles from Snipe by following on Twitter and Facebook
Some popular articles from past years
- Silencing the Brick Lane curry touts could be fatal for the city's self-esteem
- A unique collection of photos of Edwardian Londoners
- Only 16 commuters touch in to Emirates Air Line, figures reveal
- Peter Bayley has worked for 50 years as a cinema projectionist in East Finchley
- The five spookiest abandoned London hospitals
- Could red kites be London's next big nature success story?
- Punk brewery just as sexist and homophobic as the industry they rail against
- London has chosen its mayor, but why can’t it choose its own media?
- Diary of the shy Londoner
- Random Interview: Eileen Conn, co-ordinator of Peckham Vision
© 2009-2018 Everywhen Ltd.