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Caroline Pidgeon to halve TfL fares for all journeys before 7.30am

Caroline Pidgeon campaigning for better public transport in London

A Lib Dem press release brings the news…

Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, today set out plans for half price fares on Underground, DLR, Overground and TfL Rail services for people who start their journeys before 7.30am.

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, said:

“Half price fares on TfL’s Tube and rail services would really help some of London’s lowest paid workers who often have to work unsocial hours. This is a genuine fare cut that can be delivered immediately.

“Half price fares by half seven would also help tackle overcrowding by encouraging people to start their journeys earlier in the morning. Supporting those Londoners who get up early and make our city work is really important, providing real help with the cost of living in the capital. This is a win win policy for Londoners”.

You can sign up to back Caroline Pidgeon’s half-price fares campaign here and read more about the Liberal Democrat transport plans in the full 2016 Liberal Democrats manifesto.

Notes

  1. Costings: Liberal Democrat analysis of TfL’s own figures shows that offering a half price fare will cost around £30 million per year. In the first two years of a Mayoral term this can be met by:
    • Withdrawing the £10m financial support TfL is giving to the Garden Bridge project.
    • Supporting the Silvertown bike and pedestrian bridge instead of the East London Road tunnel development.
    • Ending TfL staff nominee travel, which costs £10m. This is where TfL staff can nominate a friend or lodger in their household for free travel. (The Lib Dems would keep free travel for TfL staff.)
  2. Caroline Pidgeon has also promised to adopt the long standing Liberal Democrat policy – first put forward by the Party in 2008 – to introduce a one hour bus ticket, which allows you to change buses as many times as you need within an hour while only paying a single fare of £1.50.​
12 comments
Richard White
Richard White

Not everyone operating the rly is a driver or guard or as most are called now conductors.anyone can read the manual its putting into practice which counts.and that takes time Like I said leave it to those who have the knowledge built up over years to do the job not vote chasing politicians

Lib Dem Newswire
Lib Dem Newswire

Don't think she's ever been a train driver or guard, sorry!

Lib Dem Newswire
Lib Dem Newswire

You'll find plenty of Lib Dem MPs and councillors regularly using public transport, including buses, and Lib Dems such as Caroline Pidgeon has been chair of the London Transport Committee for several years, so she's got hugely detailed knowledge of how the transport systems (and their finances) work.

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor

Do these MP's know how much a London spec bus costs?!!

Richard White
Richard White

Very good any practical knowledge of how the rly works?.i completed almost 25yrs service but would still say I never learnt it all

Lib Dem Newswire
Lib Dem Newswire

Caroline Pidgeon is far from "unknowledgeable" about public transport in London Richard - she's one of the most well informed experts about it thanks to her years studying it in great detail.

Richard White
Richard White

I hadn't been on the tube for about three years and was amazed at the transformation new stock visible staff clean stations very good announcements.all this has been achieved at a price.but at least it can be seen where the money has been spent.i have misgivings about un knowledgeable politicians meddling with the system leave it to those who know what they are doing.lib dems are just gimmicking

Lib Dem Newswire
Lib Dem Newswire

Jayne - if you click through, there are details on the funding at the end of the story.

Jayne Phoenix
Jayne Phoenix

Would like to see her plans for how she will fund this.

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