4 January 2016
On the day transport fares go up throughout the country, activists from Waltham Forest and Redbridge Green Party will today hand out #FairFares postcards to commuters at 3 stations across the Waltham Forest and Redbridge (1), revealing their party’s radical plans to flatten fares across the capital and make transport fairer for all Londoners.
The party’s three key measures, announced today by Green mayoral candidate Sian Berry (2), are:
the phased introduction of a flat fare structure, making zones a thing of the past;
a daily cap for part-time workers that matches the rates paid by monthly season ticket holders;
and a one-hour ticket across all modes which will close the gaps for people who pay twice when changing from bus or train to the Tube as well as ensuring that people changing buses pay only once for their journey.
“These measures will potentially make a huge difference to commuters in Waltham Forest and Redbridge,” said Samir Jeraj, Green candidate for North East Constituency (3) in May’s London Assembly elections.
The Greens propose an immediate merger between zones 3 & 4 and an immediate fare cut for everyone in zones 4, 5 and 6. This means that Central Line users to the east of Leytonstone (currently astride zones 3 and 4) will no longer be penalised.
Samir added: “At the moment people in our part of the London pay more to get to work because we have a longer distance to travel. Flattening the zones and eventually abolishing them will make a huge difference to people’s monthly budget.”
More details of the Green Party’s #FairFares proposals for London, including full budgeting and a Frequently Asked Questions page, can be found at www.sianberry.london/fairfares.
(1) Walthamstow Central, Leytonstone, Wanstead
(2) Sian Berry is a former principal speaker of the Green Party. She previously stood as the party’s candidate for Mayor of London in 2008. A councillor in the London Borough of Camden, she is also the Green Party’s lead candidate for the London-wide section of London Assembly and until recently worked for the Campaign for Better Transport.
(3) The North East Constituency comprises Waltham Forest & Redbridge, Hackney and Islington. Waltham Forest and Redbridge Green Party have also selected Lee Burkwood as candidate for the Havering and Redbridge Constituency. RoseMary Warrington, local Green Party member and Ilford South candidate in the 2015 Parliamentary Elections, is a candidate on the London-wide Green Party London Assembly list.
(4) The Greens came third in the last election for Mayor of London in 2012. They currently have two members of the London Assembly, Darren Johnson and (Baroness) Jenny Jones, both of whom are standing down in May 2016.