BORIS Johnson's recent significant move as Mayor was to announce a huge hike of at least 6 per cent (in some cases more) on bus and Tube fares.

For bus passengers using Oyster pay as you go this will mean a jump from 90p to £1 - an increase of 11 per cent. A single tube journey across two zones will go up from £2 to £2.20 - an increase of 10 per cent.

This will hit all Londoners hard and especially those on low incomes.

The Mayor has tried to blame the rise on his predecessor and claims Ken Livingstone left him with a funding "black hole" - the kind of language residents in Harrow and Brent have come across before from inept local Tories.

The Mayor has failed to give any evidence to support this accusation. If anything, Transport for London's revenue should be up this year,as in previous years, thanks to increased passenger numbers due to Ken's proactive approach and improvement in public transport.

If Boris really is concerned about TfL's finances he should have thought twice about scrapping the £25 higher charge for gas guzzling 4x4s, which has cost London £30-£50 million of potential revenue.

He should reconsider his plan to bring back the Routemaster - predicted to cost over £100 million.

Boris was elected promising "value for money" yet from next year,at a time when living costs are rising, Londoners face inflationbusting fare rises.

Is this broken promise a sign of things to come? I believe it is


London Assembly Member Brent and Harrow