Boris by numbers



Money Out…

Over £17 million (and counting) – scrapping Venezuelan oil deal.

Over £100 million (estimated) – designing and implementing a replacement for high-capacity bendy buses with lower capacity buses.

£30 – £60 millionprotecting the worst polluting cars from a £25 congestion charge.

£400,000paying off Porsche for the privilege of doing so.

£465,000 – a ‘transition team’.

…and Money In (from your fares)

Bus fares up from 90p to £1, with the daily cap rising from £3 to £3.30. (More expensive than Birmingham.) An on-peak Tube journey in Zone 1 up from £1.50 to £1.60, and £2.00 to £2.20 in Zones 1 and 2. There is some good news: the off-peak period on the Tube is expanded to include the time between 9.30 and 16.00, and he’s reintroducing the half-price bus travel scheme for those on Income Support which he originally scrapped. But essentially, under Boris you’re a winner if you drive a Porsche, work for Boris or make buses for nostalgics. (Hint: if you’re not one of those, you’re probably a loser.)

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4 Comments on :
Boris by numbers

  1. Abbi says:

    But Boris is so goddamn sexy… how can you be against him!

    Seriously though these constant above-inflation increases in transport cos when the service keeps getting WORSE backs us into a corner. There is no alternative, it’s not like we can say screw London Underground, I’m travelling on the other tube service… *grumbles*. Wanna go rat hunting with me, we can kill one and post it to Boris… don’t tell Josh though!

  2. Nathan says:

    Wow, buses and tubes in London really are cheap. I’ve never really realised before.

    Here an under-performing bus company charges £2.30 for an offpeak single for a 20 minute journey, £3.50 for a return.

  3. Josh says:

    I heard that Abbi! Very Naughty!

  4. Red Dalek says:

    @Nathan – Only major city in the world to achieve a 5% shift away from cars and towards public transport!

    That was under Ken though, of course

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