The Mayor of London yesterday announced fare levels for Crossrail containing this statement which bodes well for those in south east London:
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and TfL have today announced that Elizabeth line pay as you go fares within Zones 1-6 will be the same as the fares on existing TfL services
That should mean that a single fare costs £3.90 in the peak and £2.80 off-peak. Southeastern now costs £4.10 in the peak and £3.00 off-peak. A £1.50 surcharge also applies to Southeastern passengers changing to the tube to continue their journey which doesn’t apply on TfL fare scales.
Lower TfL fares will work out as substantial savings over time, especially for part time workers for whom a season ticket is not particularly useful.
And that’s not all – TfL single journey fares are frozen until 2020 whilst Southeastern fares – set by the Department for Transport headed by Chris Grayling – are likely to continue rising each year above inflation.
Whilst each year the headline rail fare increase is well publicised (and was 3.4% this year) Oyster Pay As You Go has often exceeded that.
That fare discrepancy could have been reduced or removed if TfL took over local Southeastern lines to Dartford as originally planned until blocked by Chris Grayling last year.
The DfT could still insist upon doing so in a future franchise award but have so far shown no indication whatsoever of doing so. Local authorities such as Greenwich and Bexley have also been completely silent on this issue which costs some local residents, especially the poor, dearly.
However, some dangers remain that south-east Londoners will pay higher Crossrail fares than others in London. The DfT retain the right to insist on higher fares and who would put it past Grayling?
And this specific announcement was in regard to fares in West London and those to Heathrow as Crossrail takes over Heathrow Connect services. London Reconnections has more on it here. West London already pays less on National Rail than those in south east London.
Though the above quote about future Crossrail fares being the same as TfL within zones 1-6 should offer relief to those planning to use Abbey Wood and Woolwich stations, until explicitly stated it may be wise to hold off celebrating cheaper fares, especially those planning to use Abbey Wood station which doesn’t have a DLR alternative.