Newham rezoning could save commuters £200 a year

Stratford station. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Images

Stratford station. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Images - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima

Commuters could save more than £200 a year in rail fares after stations across the borough were rezoned.

The move, announced yesterday by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will see a number of stations reclassified from 3 to 2/3, including Stratford, Stratford High Street, Stratford International DLR station, West Ham and Canning Town.

Those travelling from these stations into central London would go from paying a monthly fee of £144.80 to £123.30, a saving of more than £20, while annual pass holders could benefit from a saving of £224 by 2015 fares.

The announcement was “a move to recognise the shifting economic map of London towards east London” which would benefit more than 100,000 people a week, said Mr Johnson, as he announced the capital’s rail fares for 2016. “I’m delighted that we’re able to yet again freeze overall fares in real terms for our passengers,” he said.

“It’s the third year in a row that we’ve been able to offer this great deal, allowing us to keep the cost of travel down while continuing our vital programme to modernise the network.”

Commuters will see some fares raise slightly, as they increase by 1.1 per cent in real terms, while pay as you go single bus fares were frozen at £1.50.

Meanwhile travel card holders, including those rezoning from 3 to 2, will see an increase in fares of slightly less than one per cent. Free travel for children under 11 years old to extend to all National Rail services in London.

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But Labour mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, said that offer was “a small fig leaf on yet another fares hike”.

“Once again, millions of Londoners will see their travel costs rise in the new year. Under the current Mayor, fare rises have outstripped wages, leaving Londoners thousands of pounds worse off.

“I’m particularly worried for Londoners who rely on the buses - they face yet another hike in January.

“As Mayor I’ll stand up for Londoners and freeze all TfL fares for four years and introduce the ‘Hopper’ ticket, so you can change buses as many times as you need within an hour, but only pay a single fare,” he added.

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