Commuters will be hit as rail fares increase for the sixth year

Wimbledon train station

Wimbledon train station

First published in News Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Commuters will be hit as rail fares are set to rise for the sixth year in a row for passengers in Merton and Wandsworth.

For the last five years fares have risen above the levels of inflation, claim Labour members of the London Assembly.

The changes would see a zones one to four annual travel card go up by 3.2 per cent to £1,800 a year and a zones one to three monthly travel card increase by 3.4 per cent to £141.40.

Bus and tram users won't escape the rise, with a 55p increase since 2008, according to figures. Transport for London's pay as you go for zone one in central London will hike up to £2.20 as part of the new plans.

But it is not all bad news for Londoners. Some households could save £4 a year if the Mayor of London cuts his share of council tax by 1.3 per cent, or 1.1p a day for a Band D Household. This will save the average London household £4 a year.

Fiona Twycross AM, Londonwide Labour Assembly Member, said: "Today many people in our borough will be hit with yet another inflation-busting fare rise. Boris Johnson has claimed he is freezing the fares at inflation, but this simply isn’t true - and many passengers will see this first hand. He is saving people £4 a year on their council tax but is taking vastly more from them in higher transport fares."

A Mayor’s official spokesman, said: "The Mayor isn’t surprised that opponents have taken the opportunity to campaign against a below inflation fares rise that they themselves called for only weeks ago. The truth is that the Mayor always said he wanted to bear down on fares, and he has, delivering an overall increase in fares that is actually below RPI, at 2.7 per cent.

"This fares package, which has been made possible by the continuing delivery of efficiencies across TfL, ensures that we recognise the pressure hard working Londoners are under whilst providing a level of funding that improves the network still further and delivers even better, more frequent services for everyone."

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