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takeawaysWith the TFL fare rise of up to 2.5%[1] expected for 1st January 2015, research from new money-saving brand for commuters, MyCommute4Less, reveals that over 70% of commuters are expecting to have to make some sacrifices to be able to afford the increase.  The MyCommute4Less research provides an insight into the sacrifices that London commuters are planning to make to be able to cope with the extra pressure on already hard-pressed finances. 

Top of the ‘sacrifice’ list for Londoners is a weekly take-away (19%), closely followed by their daily latte at the station or a weekly magazine (both 18%).  Worryingly, cutting down on the weekly shop was selected as the way to afford the new year fare rise by 17% of London commuters.

What do you think you will have to sacrifice when the fares go up in January?

One take-away a week

19.4%

Daily latte at the station

18.3%

Weekly magazine

18.3%

Cut down on weekly food shop

16.7%

Daily newspaper

13.3%

One night out a week

11%

Nothing because I will be getting a pay rise which will offset the additional cost

3.4%

I don’t intend to sacrifice anything

29.5%

 

According to the MyCommute4Less research, women were more prepared to give up their daily latte at the station than their male counterparts - 20% versus 16%.  But male commuters in London seem to be more willing to give up their weekly take-away than women - 22% and 17% respectively. 

When it comes to regional differences around the capital it seems that those commuters with the longer journey will be the most likely to give up their daily latte, with those travelling from Newham topping the pool at 40%, followed by Barking & Dagenham commuters at 39%.   See below for full regional analysis.

Tackling the costs of travel in London, MyCommute4Less is an innovative new service which enables commuters to benefit from an annual Travelcard without having to find 12 months money up-front.  Brought to London by Premium Credit[3], MyCommute4Less is coming to a number of stations around the capital at the beginning of December to help commuters find out more about how the service works, with free Travelcard holders being handed out. 

The cheapest way to travel in the London zoning network, on tubes and buses, is to pay for an annual Travelcard up-front.  It gives 12 months for the cost of 10.4 months. But for many London commuters finding the cost of an annual Travelcard in one lump sum is out of reach.

MyCommute4Less provides an easy to use and fair solution for commuters by financing the cost of an annual Travelcard which is paid for over 10 months – in effect giving them two months of non-payment at the end of the year.  Plus the cost is much less than buying 12 monthly Travelcards[4].  In fact, depending on the zones the Travelcard covers, London commuters could save over £220 on their annual travel costs[5].

“Annual Travelcards can save commuters hundreds of pounds”, explained Roger Brown of MyCommute4Less. “They give 52 weeks of tube, rail and bus travel for the equivalent cost of buying just forty weekly Travelcards, or  and not much more than 10 monthly cards .  But it’s a lot of cash to find in one go for many commuters.  MyCommute4Less lets London workers spread the cost – to make the most of the savings - as well as get access to all the additional benefits that come with an Annual Travelcard, such as discounted rail fares and other travel offers.”

Working with thetrainline.com, a commuter’s annual Travelcard is loaded onto a new Oyster card when they sign up with MyCommute4Less. The customer makes ten manageable monthly payments.  MyCommute4Less charges a Transaction Fee  (which is calculated as 5% of the credit limit) on the cost of an annual Travelcard (equivalent to an APR of 9.5%) which is more cost-effective than many bank loans[6].  Even with the MyCommute4Less Transaction Fee, commuters will still be saving compared to buying a weekly or monthly Travelcard. 

“With commuters already thinking about how they’re going to cut back in 2015 to pay for the fare rise, we believe MyCommute4Less provides a great way to make savings over monthly, weekly or daily costs – without having to find the cash up-front”, continued Roger Brown.  “It also means that commuters can benefit from holding a season ticket – no standing in a queue with the risk of missing their connection.  All they have to do is complete our simple application process and, if successful[7], they can sign an agreement and advise of their bank details on line. It’s a simple and transparent process.”

 

oystercard

Starting today London bus passengers can avoid that terrible 'shit my Oyster has run out and there are no shops anywhere' moment as Oysters will allow you one journey free if your card has no credit left on it.

Its a needed measure given that almost no buses take money now and sometimes a bus stop can be miles away from anywhere that offers Oyster top ups.

All buses will become completely cash free from the 6th July next month.

Mike Weston, TfL Director of Buses, said: “During our trial over 77,000 journeys were enabled because of Oyster ‘One More Journey’ with positive feedback received from both passengers and bus drivers.

“Introducing this facility is the first of many steps we are taking to ensure a smooth transition to cash free bus travel from July 6 when passengers will benefit from quicker boarding and the guarantee of always paying the cheapest fare for their journey by paying with an Oyster or contactless payment card.”

tfl website new features

The TFL website have introduced a bunch of new features that it's rival apps and such have had for ages and it's about time!
These new fangled additions include:

  • A new road status board, which gives you live traffic information on major roads.
  • A new ‘Nearby’ feature, which gives you a map of all our services in your vicinity, such as bus stops, Tube stations and river piers as well as live information on departure times
  • Our 24‑hour live traffic Twitter feed, follow us @TfLTrafficNews

To see the new roads information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/roads/status

We feel this is pretty exciting and long overdue - we reckon you might too.

Hackney based film maker, Dan Smith lives on a busy bus route and decided to document it to highlight the plight of people who live near busy routes and the fact that TFL aren't quite sticking to their pledge when it comes to turning off engines.

TfL’s “turn off your engine” campaign focuses on engines being turned off when buses are not in use - cutting down on noise and general pollution as well as energy, however this doesn't seem to be happening where Smith lives in Ash Grove, London.

He said:“TfL have a campaign which is publicised by a picture of a pair of lungs with keys.

“It seems desperately ironic that on one hand they are telling people to turn off their engines, but there is an entire garage there with about 20 buses outside my home which are doing just that.”

Smith says it is commonplace for 20 unattended buses to be parked at any one time between 8pm and 3am.

He's made a video to prove it.

cutty sark stationIn further argument to wanting tube staff out of offices and on the ground of the station there comes news this morning of escalator malfunction in Docklands.

The escalators suddenly lurched backwards and began flowing the other way forcing commuters to topping on top of each other with some getting trapped in the sides of the escalators along the way.

There were only two staff on hand at the time - the minimum requirement by law - at Cutty Sark station on Docklands Light Railway and they informed upset and frightened travellers that this was on their problem because they did not maintain the escalators - helpful.

The Standard Reports that Majella Anning, 55, a lady who was there when the incident occurred at 6pm on Tuesday, said: “Suddenly the escalator descended then started to accelerate. People were screaming as they stumbled off, a woman had her coat trapped, another’s shoe was trapped and she was injured. It could have been life-threatening.”

Rory O’ Neill, TfL’s director of DLR, added: “We apologise. An escalator apparently developed a mechanical fault. It is out of service while we carry out an investigation.”