Labour campaigners protest against hike in Transport for London rail fares at East Finchley Tube Station

This Is Local London: Campaigners protest against hike in rail fares Campaigners protest against hike in rail fares

Campaigners braved the freezing cold to campaign against a “disproportionate and drastic” hike in rail fares.

Labour members took to East Finchley Tube Station after Transport for London (TfL) announced all fares would rise by 3.2 per cent by January 19.

They were joined by Sadiq Khan, Labour’s shadow justice minister, and Barnet’s Labour leader Councillor Alison Moore.

Fares are set by the Mayor of London’s office which runs the transport body and the cost of tickets is increased annually.

There are also plans to remove 1,000 staff away from stations across London to save money across the capital.

Mr Khan said: “The relentless hikes to commuter fares and reductions in staff have disproportionately hit local people in Barnet.

“This is during a living cost crisis. Barnet residents are paying a very heavy price for this great Tory train robbery.”

Zone 1-6 travelcards will be £509 a year more expensive than when Boris Johnson became the Mayor of London in 2008.

On the Tube, the Zone 1 peak and off peak tickets will rise by 10p and Oyster bus fares will rise from £1.40 to £1.45.

The seven day bus and tram pass will rise by 80p to £20.40, but the there will not be a change in the price of the off peak one day paper travel card.

However, seven day travel cards will go up by 4.1 per cent - and national rail fares across England have gone up by 5 per cent.

Barnet Labour Group leader Cllr Alison Moore said: "Too many people will suffer a miserable new year with this inflation busting travel card hike - especially commuters from outer-London Boroughs like Barnet.”

A statement from the Mayor of London’s office said: “Crucial point is that the mayor has been able to offer hard pressed London commuters some relief with a below inflation fare settlement.

“The Mayor believes this is the right thing to do whilst continuing to protect vital investment in our transport network.”

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