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London bus fare dodging 'doubles'
Bendy bus, pic by TfL
Fare evasion is higher on bendy buses
Fare evasion on London's buses has nearly doubled in the last four years, according to the Liberal Democrats.

A freedom of information request shows in 2003 the evasion rate was 2.2% of the total number of journeys compared to 3.9% in 2007.

The party says fare evasion on bendy buses cost 6.4m last year. The total cost it claims is 52.3m.

But Transport for London (TfL) disputed the figures saying the total cost of fare evasion was 35m.

The information obtained by the Lib Dems showed there were 1.8 billion bus journeys taken in London in 2006/7.

Only the other day I overheard a Londoner describing a bendy bus to a tourist as the 'free bus'
Brian Paddick

It said there were about 58 million fare evasions in that period, with 7.2m people dodging the fare on bendy buses.

The party has multiplied number of fare evasions by the standard bus fare of 90p.

But TfL said it should be multiplied by 53p as this is the average revenue it gets per passenger, per bus journey.

TfL said it gets more than 1bn-a-year from bus fares.

Brian Paddick, the Lib Dem London mayoral candidate, said: "Only the other day I overheard a Londoner describing a bendy bus to a tourist as the 'free bus'.

"No wonder nobody pays."

A statement from TfL said: "TfL has been working hard to combat fare evasion and over the last year the rate of fare evasion has gone down, and we have also prosecuted more fare dodgers than ever before."



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