If you’re a voter in London you wont have been able to escape that candidates have been going head to head over the past few months to try and earn votes at this Summer’s Mayoral elections and today it’s the turn for the Lib Dem’s to make some promises. This time about transport.
A topic close to Londoners hearts the Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick has promised that if he is elected the Mayor of London he will introduce a new system to London’s buses which will allow commuters to buy a one hour bus ticket. The ticket will be valid on all London bus routes over a one hour period meaning you can swap and change buses as many times as you please within 60 minutes. The move would be similar to what our neighbours in European cities which already have a similar system in place.
Currently a single bus ride will set you back £1.35 if you’re a pay-as-you-go Oyster card user or £2.30 if you’re paying in cash so if he gets voted in the scheme will save Londoners who are just going out on a short journey a fair amount of money. However Paddick’s competition Ken Livingstone said the plans would cost Londoners £100 million however Paddick was quick to argue back saying that Livingstone’s plans to cut train fares by 7% was irresponsible saying, ‘Ken Livingstone’s pledge to reduce fares by 7% is irresponsible… [it] would be a serious threat to bus services and the Tube upgrade programme’.
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