Ken Livingstone says Boris Johnson is a ‘pickpocket’ on fare rises

08:37 11 January 2012

Ken Livingstone has accused mayoral rival Boris Johnson of being a pickpocket when it comes to public transport fares

Ken Livingstone has accused mayoral rival Boris Johnson of being a pickpocket when it comes to public transport fares

Archant

In case you don’t recognise the floppy-haired silhouette on this poster, it’s meant to be London Mayor Boris Johnson.

The reason he’s pictured like this is because his mayoral rival Ken Livingstone is accusing him of being a “public transport pickpocket”.

Labour’s candidate for City Hall insists he is making “a serious point in an eye-catching way”.

A spokesperson for Mr Livingstone said: “He is making your pockets and purses lighter through rocketing fares.

“His decision to force Londoners to pay sky-high fares is putting huge pressure on millions of people who are already feeling squeezed by the rising cost of living in the capital.

“Last week’s fare increases were completely unnecessary whilst TfL builds up hundreds of millions of surplus funds which are currently sitting unused in the bank.

“Yet rather than give some money back through a fare cut, Boris Johnson continues to pick the pockets and purses of Londoners.”

Mr Livingstone has pledged to cut fares if he is elected in May, a claim Mr Johnson says would lead to a reduction in services.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London transportation news

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
(Picture:: PA)

London Underground staff who were hailed as heroes on 7/7 for evacuating stations and tending to the wounded are being ‘forced’ to reapply for their jobs due to ‘dangerous’ job cuts, the RMT union has said.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Fabian Downie

A pervert who performed a solo sex act on six London buses, including one in Old Street, has been jailed.

Monday, June 29, 2015

South Kensington Tube station was evacuated and a police cordon put up this afternoon due to a ‘security alert’.

Monday, June 29, 2015
Wednesday's protest at Bank (Picture: London Cycling Campaign)

A candlelit vigil and ‘die-in’ protest will be held at Bank junction today in memory of cyclist Ying Tao who died after a road traffic collision there last Monday.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Commissioner of Transport for London (TfL), Peter Hendy, is leaving his role to take over the helm of Network Rail.

Thursday, June 25, 2015
There are delays and cancellations at Paddington station

There are delays and cancellations to Paddington trains until this afternoon due to a signalling problem.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Read more
Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more

London Bloggers

Monday, April 13, 2015
Vintage fashion shopping is a joy in London (Photo by Graham French/BIPs/Getty Images)

In with the old, out with the new. This is the mantra of the best London vintage shoppers today, whose aesthetic of effortless chic is becoming more sought after.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Eating the right foods can significantly improve your mood

Think sweet treats make you feel better? ‘Comfort foods’ could be adding to your misery.