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Sadiq Khan has confirmed that tube and bus fares will be frozen until 2020

Isabelle Aron

As if January wasn't bad enough, the first month of the year also coincides with TfL's annual fare increase. Just what you need after you've spent all your money on presents and mulled wine. But 2017 is already looking up, because Sadiq Khan has just confirmed that he's officially freezing TfL travel fares until 2020, meaning they'll remain at 2016's prices. 

The fare freeze will apply for bus and tram journeys, Santander Cycles (y'know, Boris Bikes), as well as pay as you go journeys on the Tube, DLR, Emirates Airline and rail services where TfL fares apply.

All sounds great, right? The only bad news (and it's kind of a biggie) is that the fare freeze won't apply for travelcards or daily and weekly caps, because these also cover train fares which are set by the government.

But it's still a step in the right direction when you consider this fun/depressing fact: TfL fares have increased a whopping 42 percent since 2008. But thankfully we've been spared the 17 percent fare hike planned for 2017 thanks to Sadiq Khan. Phew.

Photo: Fred Adams/Flickr

In other tube news, an old District line tube carriage has been turned into school library in Lewisham

And London's new LEGO shop has a giant LEGO tube carriage

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