I renewed my monthly bus pass today and duly received my Happy New Year gift from Boris Johnson - a massive 20% hike in the monthly price from £53 to £63.80.
Despite blogging about these increases I was still taken aback at what this would mean on a monthly basis. On top of the 11% increase last January, and Boris' promise that there will be more inflation busting increases to come, bus passengers have been hit pretty hard. Couple this with the threat to cut schedules and as buses get more expensive they'll get more overcrowded and less frequent too.
We lost lots of things when Ken Livingstone lost the mayoral election in 2008 - one of these things was a real champion for bus passengers... do you remember when a bus fare was just 90p?