Fare increases on the Piccadilly line to Heathrow Airport? -Photo: Chris McKenna (Thryduulf), CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)

Transport for London, the authority in charge of public transport in the British capital, is facing a public outcry. The agency has just announced that it would like to increase its fares to the various terminals at Heathrow airport. A proposed “Premium Fare” on the Piccadilly route could mean a 60% surcharge on travel to Heathrow

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The current fare between Heathrow and London varies between £3.30 and £6.00, depending on the time of travel and the method of payment. In the morning and evening rush hour, the fare is £5.30 with the Oyster Card. This would now be the price to pay all day. The increase would apply from all stations in zone 1, which covers all of central London.

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not yet known whether this new fare will apply at weekends

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The proposed fare increase would be used to generate new revenue for Transport for London, which is suffering heavy losses due to the pandemic. TfL receives virtually no government subsidy

A decision in February

The government will examine these proposals by the end of the month and will decide on the increase before the deadline for a new funding agreement on February 4

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Excluding the “Premium Fare” for Heathrow – which will only result in a “Premium” service on the Tube – the planned fare increases for TfL in 2022 are expected to be 5% over current fares.

Current TfL rail journeys between Heathrow and Zone 1 are already subject to a £10.40 surcharge for a single off-peak journey with an Oyster or contactless card. And this is to fund the airport’s expansions.

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Luc Citrinot