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TfL freeze on ‘pay as you go’ bus, Tube and even Santander Cycle fares

Transport for London (TfL) is freezing all ‘pay as you go’ fares for 2020 as part of an ongoing focus on making travelling by public transport in London as affordable and convenient as possible.

The freeze applies across bus, Tube, tram, DLR and TfL-run rail services where TfL fares are in place

The freeze applies across bus, Tube, tram, DLR and TfL-run rail services where TfL fares are in place and the Emirates Air Line cable car. It also means the cost of hiring a Santander Cycle will remain the same – standing at £2 to access a bike for a day and if the journeys are under 30 minutes there is no additional cost.

As with previous years, Travelcards and associated caps, which are set in agreement with the train operating companies under fares regulations set by the Government, will increase by the July RPI level of 2.8%.

Shashi Verma, director of strategy at TfL, said: “Millions of people travel using bus, Tube and rail services across London and through our pay as you go fares system we are helping to encourage more people out of their cars and onto public transport.”

TfL is also preparing to start running a new TfL Rail service to Reading from 15 December. Between 15 December 2019 and 2 January 2020, existing fares will apply and TfL Rail fares will remain at the same price as the current GWR fares. As of 2 January 2020, for the first time, customers will be able to use pay as you go with contactless all the way from Paddington to Reading on both TfL Rail and Great Western Railway (GWR). The TfL Rail fares will be aligned with the National Rail fares to Reading, which will be confirmed in the next few weeks.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.