We will freeze all TFL fares prices for five years. Transport fares are one of the biggest cost that many households face, and is a major barrier for ordinary Londoners who cannot afford it to go about their daily chores in the capital. That’s why we will fight for fares that are fairer and more affordable.
More affordable fares, less congested roads and safer streets can all be achieved by prioritising people and public transport over cars. Our plans will deliver immediate improvements while setting in motion plans to transform our transport network.
Buses in London are frequently overcrowded and the situation is going to get worse in future. London’s iconic red buses rack up an incredible 6m passenger journeys every day, but with the population expected to hit 9.3 billion by 2022, overcrowding is becoming the norm for London’s hard-pressed bus commuters.
Over the past 10 years, London’s population grew by 80,000 a year and the number of bus kilometres by 109m. But over the coming decade, the population is forecast to grow by 100,000 a year while bus kilometres covered will increase by just 20m. This means more overcrowding on buses, and more people left behind at bus stops.
TfL has no plans to significantly increase services.
Proposal to curb overcrowded buses
We will introduce a wider range of fares and tickets including part-time travel cards and ‘one hour’ bus tickets to help spread demand further across the day. We will tackle road congestion, including more bus priority measures and work to deal with traffic pinch points. We will consult passengers and local councils and improve certain bus routes, like those that serve hospitals. We will modernise the bus fleet to cut down on harmful emissions. We will publish the schedule for rolling-out more environmentally friendly vehicles, including electric buses, to help address the capital’s poor air quality.
Overcrowding on trains is a huge problem across Britain – and it’s not just on peak services or London routes. While the younger and fitter amongst us may not mind having to stand once in a while, overcrowding is a serious problem for the elderly, infirm, pregnant or claustrophobic – and even the best of us gets frustrated when it’s a daily occurrence. There simply are not enough carriages available to our train operators. The existing rolling stock is ageing, and the franchise system does not incentivise new investment.
Proposal to curb overcrowded trains
We will investment in new tramways, light rail services and tube lines to improve connectivity and relieve pressure on overcrowded routes. These will include the cross-river tram and extending the Croydon tram to Sutton, Wimbledon, Putney and Roehampton .
We will encourage public sector operators to take on rail lines and challenge the private train-operating companies on a level playing field. We will review the franchising process and give rail users a greater say in how trains operate.