Local Conservatives, led by Ross Archer, have launched a new transport campaign that could save Lewisham commuters over £300 a year.
Lewisham Conservatives have launched a petition to save commuters in the south of the borough hundreds of pounds a year by rezoning three Lewisham stations. Currently there are three stations in zone four in the borough, these are; Grove Park, Lower Sydenham and Beckenham Hill.
Fares from these stations are significantly higher than those from zone three stations. A monthly travelcard from zone one-to-four costs £181.70 while one from zone one-to-three costs £148.70, meaning a monthly saving of £33. A yearly travelcard from zone one-to-four costs £1,892 while one from zone one-to-three costs £1,548 meaning a saving of £344 a year.
Local Conservatives claim that by rezoning Grove Park, Lower Sydenham and Beckenham Hill stations from zone four to zone three this could save hard pressed commuters over £300 a year. Further to this they believe that changing the zoning from these stations will also help regenerate the areas around the stations, meaning local businesses and recreational facilities will have more customers and visitors as it would be cheaper for them to visit on local rail networks.
Similar Inner London Boroughs such as Islington, north of the river, have no zone four stations, while Lewisham commuters in the south of the borough have to pay more.
Conservative Candidate for Mayor of Lewisham, Ross Archer said "London's Fare Zones are out of date and it is costing local commuters hundreds of pounds. Lewisham is an inner London Borough and local commuters deserve to pay inner London fares. Changing these zones won't just save commuters hundreds of pounds a year, it'll bring more investment into the south of the borough".
Sign the petition here - https://www.change.org/p/sadiq-khan-no-more-zone-four-in-lewisham?recruiter=26929125&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_page.share_redirect-control