Commuting from Bexley 'costs more than a flight to New York'
PUBLISHED: 14:08 01 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:09 01 April 2016
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Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan has slammed the Conservatives' record on transport costs
Commuting from Bexley to central London costs more per mile than a business-class flight to New York, according to Sadiq Khan.
Labour’s mayoral candidate has released figures claiming to show it costs 18p more per mile to travel into London using public transport compared to a transatlantic flight.
Mr Khan pointed out that a return train journey on Pay as You Go with an Oyster or contactless card, from Bexley in Zone 6 to Waterloo East in Zone 1, costs £11.80 (daily cap) - or 50p per mile as the passenger jet flies.
In contrast, a Virgin Atlantic ‘Upper Class’ return to New York on May 5 - the day of the London mayoral election - would cost £2199.55 – or 32p per mile.
The Labour candidate said the figures ‘show how ludicrously expensive Londoners’ fares have got under the Tories’.
He added: “I will freeze all TfL fares for four years – so Londoners won’t pay a penny more in 2020 than they do today.
“Zac Goldsmith has confirmed that he will increase Londoners fares by 17 per cent.
“If he gets his way then a Tube journey could end up costing more per mile than taking a private jet around the world.”
Responding to the claims, a spokesman for Zac Goldsmith said: “Khan’s £1.9 billion black hole would cut vital transport investment and mean even more trains to and from Bexley are overcrowded and late.
“Zac’s Action Plan for Greater London will improve services and means that when a train pulls into the station you can actually get on it.”