#FairFares: Greens announce radical London transport plans

4 January 2016

On the day transport fares go up throughout the country, activists from the Green Party will today hand out #FairFares postcards to commuters at Coulsdon South, Waddon, and East Croydon stations revealing their party’s radical plans to flatten fares across the capital and make transport fairer for all Londoners.

The party’s three key measures, announced today by Green mayoral candidate Sian Berry, are: the phased introduction of a flat fare structure, making zones a thing of the past; a daily cap for part-time workers that matches the rates paid by monthly season ticket holders; and a one-hour ticket across all modes which will close the gaps for people who pay twice when changing from bus or train to the Tube as well as ensuring that people changing buses pay only once for their journey.

Sian Berry chose East Croydon station to announce the new policy and said: “It's not fair that people in Croydon pay so much more to get to work in the centre of the city than people who live in zones 1 and 2 - especially as it's also easier for people in the centre of town to use even cheaper or free alternatives such as hire bikes, cycling or walking.”

“People in outer London often have to use different modes of transport to get around and it’s not fair that you have to pay more to change onto the tube from the national rail services or if you need to take two buses to work that you have to pay twice for your journey.” 

“A Green Mayor and Assembly Members will help level the playing field and make transport fairer and more equal for Londoners.”

Tracey Hague, Green candidate for Croydon & Sutton in May’s London Assembly elections, said: “These measures will potentially make a huge difference to commuters in Croydon. Other politicians have talked about tinkering with the borders of travel zones to try to benefit a few people but only the Green Party is proposing a radical rethink that will benefit everyone who uses public transport.”

“At the moment people in our part of the London pay more to get to work because we have a longer distance to travel. Flattening the zones and eventually abolishing them will make a huge difference to everyone’s monthly budget.”

 

Note to editors:

  1. Photographs of Sian Berry at East Croydon with local Green Party members available on request
  2. Full details of the Greens’ transport policy are available at www.sianberry.london/fairfares
  3. Sian Berry is a former principal speaker of the Green Party. She previously stood as the party’s candidate for Mayor of London in 2008. A councillor in the London Borough of Camden, she is also the Green Party’s lead candidate for the London-wide section of London Assembly and until recently worked for the Campaign for Better Transport.
  4. Tracey Hague is the Green Party candidate for the constituency of Sutton and Croydon at next year’s London Assembly elections. Tracey was born in Croydon lives with her partner and two sons in Addiscombe. Tracey has previously been a candidate in local council and European elections.
  5. The Greens came third in the last election for Mayor of London in 2012. They currently have two members of the London Assembly, Darren Johnson and (Baroness) Jenny Jones, both of whom are standing down in May 2016.






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