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Sadiq Khan Announces Biggest Annual Jump in Tube Fares in a Decade

Sadiq Khan Announces Biggest Annual Jump in Tube Fares in a Decade
14 February 2022

Fares on the London Underground network will rise to match the current rate of inflation, costing passengers approximately £151 million more to travel in 2022.

Fares on Transport for London services will rise by 4.8 per cent from 1 March 2022. 

London Underground pay as you go fares within Zone 1 will increase by 10p – their first increase since 2016. Bus and tram “Hopper” fares will increase by 10p to £1.65.

“Since TfL’s finances were decimated by the pandemic, the government has set strict conditions as part of the emergency funding deals to keep essential transport services running in London,” said Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

“We have been forced into this position by the government and the way it continues to refuse to properly fund TfL, but I have done everything in my power to keep fares as affordable as possible.”


How are London Underground Fares Set?


TfL is a public body, with no shareholders or parent companies. It’s funded by several sources, including grants, income from the congestion charge and commercial revenue such as advertising and sponsorship. However, fares are the single largest source of TfL’s income.

The decisions on fares are taken each year by the Mayor.




Avoiding a “Managed Decline”


In January 2022, the Mayor outlined that tens of thousands of jobs across the country would be at risk if the government failed to provide the long-term and capital funding needed to address the “unprecedented financial crisis caused by the pandemic”.

Passenger numbers plummeted by 95 per cent over the course of the COVID-19 lockdown.

According to the London Assembly, revenue raised from the fare increase will “not negate the threat of a ‘managed decline’ scenario”, which could mean more than 100 bus routes being withdrawn and less frequent tube timetables on a number of lines and branches.

In a managed decline scenario, the Bakerloo line extension along the Old Kent Road towards Lewisham would become undeliverable for at least a decade.


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Picture: a photograph of a London Underground train, showing carriages and a platform. Image Credit: Unsplash 

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 14 February 2022


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