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London's commitment to fairer fares for part-time workers must be replicated nationally

11 November 2014

Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed the announcement from the Mayor of London that new daily fare caps will make the cost of commuting fairer for those working flexibly or part time in the capital and is calling on the Government to work with transport operators to deliver similar benefits for areas outside London right away.

Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:

“Flexible tickets for people who don’t work the old-fashioned nine to five are long overdue, and we’re delighted that hard-pressed part time workers and those on zero hours contracts, who have been denied the affordable travel costs they deserve, will now get some much needed relief. Transport for London is again leading the way, whilst across the rest of the UK the ever increasing number of part time workers are losing out as the Government drags its feet, reneging on its pledge to trial and introduce part time tickets this year as set out in the 2013 Fares and Ticketing Review.”

But Campaign for Better Transport also warned that London fare increases of 2.5 percent would still penalise workers, who are continuing to see the increasing costs of travel far outstrip wage rises. 

Martin continued:

“While it's good that the Mayor has recognised fare increases need to be minimised, they are still too high for many people, and we hope the new fares system doesn't mean the end of off peak fares for those working outside peak hours. Bus fares have increased by over 50 per cent since 2008 and the increases London will see next year will still outstrip the average wage rise, leaving people to face increasingly tough strains on their living costs.” 

ENDS

For further information please contact Chloë Darlington at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or chloe.darlington@bettertransport.org.uk 

Notes to Editors
1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).
2. The Mayor of London today announced new part time worker fare deal as part of real-terms fares freeze: www.london.gov.uk.  
3. Campaign for Better Transport calls for flexible tickets for part-time workers
4. Department for Transport Fares and Ticketing Review.
 

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