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Speaking to the Standard, Conservative London General Assembly member Andrew Boff claimed Mr Khan has failed to come to terms with TfL’s finances and further suggested the mayor is hindering the capital’s post-Covid return.

Mr Boff warned Londoners are set for a “tough time” with the increase in energy and council tax prices as well as the rise in TfL fare prices across the network.

He said: “We’ve seen an increase because he refuses to take control of TfL’s finances. He won’t get to grips with it and blames the Government for everything that goes wrong.

“His knee-jerk reaction is to blame the Government, so it makes you question why he wanted to be elected. Khan must say what he’s going to do to reduce costs.”

Mr Boff criticised the TfL fare hike

/ Lucy Young

This week, the mayor announced a fare increase which equates to an average of 4.8 per cent across all TfL services.

Single Tube fares using contactless payment will rise by 10p in zone one and between 10-30p across the rest of the network.

Bus fares will rise by 10p to £1.65 in what are some of highest increases in a decade.

Amid the rise in council tax and energy bills, Mr Boff added: “It’s gonna be tough for London. Londoners are ok with tough times as long as there’s a clear reason why it’s happening.

“London is bouncing back and it would be helpful if the mayor helped London to continue to do so.”

Although Mr Khan has been criticised for the increase in rail fares, the mayor did freeze single TfL pay as you go fares in his first four years in office.

Mr Khan did also retain free travel for all children under the age of 11 in the latest announcement and claimed he had done as much as possible to keep fares affordable.

On average fares will increase by 4.8 per cent across the network

/ PA

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