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Tube and bus fares rise in London

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Tube and bus passengers across London have been hit with above-inflation price rises after increased fares came into effect.

Average Tube fares have gone up by 3.9% and bus passengers face a 12.7% rise.

Commuters using Oyster pay-as-you-go cards also face a rise of 20p per journey on both buses and the Tube.

Passengers using suburban overland rail services could get cheaper fares, as Oyster cards have come into force on mainline train routes.

Rises 'hard'

Each rail operating company will set Oyster fares on its own routes, and combined rates will be introduced for journeys incorporating both Transport for London and national rail services.

A passenger

Tube and bus fares up in London

For people using Oyster cards on London Underground trains, fares for Zone 1 have gone up from £1.60 to £1.80, and most other single Tube journeys have risen by 20p.

On buses, Oyster users face a single journey price rise of 20p - from £1.00 to £1.20 - while a seven-day bus pass will cost £16.60, up from £13.80. But prices on travel cards remain frozen.

Mayor Boris Johnson announced the increases in October, saying that the "hard" rises would enable "huge improvements in our quality of life".

But the fare rise will not affect concessionary fares for the elderly and young people.

He also described the extension of the pay-as-you-go cards to 250 national rail stations as "a new age of travel in London - the Oyster age."

The mayor's critics called the rises "misguided", saying they reflected a "lack of concern" for passengers.

The fare rises come on a day when many mainline commuters saw their fares going down by 0.4%, as the annual rise for regulated fares - which include season tickets - is linked to the rate of Retail Prices Index inflation.

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