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2012 Fare Rises

Fares in London are due to rise by 7% next year. From January 2012, fares on London's buses, Tubes, London Overground, trams and DLR will increase by July's RPI measure (5%) plus 2% extra.

In a statement accompanying the news, the Mayor (with one eye clearly on the election) said:

"This is a fares package that continues my aim to put Transport for London's finances on a steady footing, moving us away from the boom-and-bust approach undertaken by my predecessor when we saw a succession of draconian increases and knee-jerk, unaffordable pre-election freezes.

"This year, as Londoners begin to experience the benefits of that investment through more frequent and reliable journeys, I am also once again able to protect all free and concessionary travel for people who rely on public transport most, including older people, disabled veterans and those on lower incomes."

Ken Livingstone didn't waste the opportunity to lay into the Mayor over the issue:

"London already has some of the highest fares in the world but, instead of putting squeezed Londoners first, Boris Johnson is sticking to further stealth taxes on people even as he argues for tax cuts for the rich. Under the Tories, Londoners are less well-off with every day that passes."

Despite the opposition, the Mayor has refused to reconsider his decision [LondonNet]. Either way, this is a package that will hit plenty of Londoners where it hurts.

Olympic Pay Deal

London Underground bosses believe that they are close to a deal on Olympic pay [The Guardian].

Stretching Oyster further

John Bull examines what the expansion of Oyster onto more services might look like [LondonReconnections].

And finally…

…two copper thieves have been arrested [Evening Standard].

…a "rich man's toy"? The Transport Secretary's view of the railways [Mirror.co.uk].