New Transport Commissioner appointed - how much will he cost us ?

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Will the new Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy be better value for money thatn Bab Kiley.?

Mayor appoints new Transport Commissioner

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London and Chair of Transport for London, today announced the appointment of Peter Hendy as the Commissioner of Transport for London.Peter Hendy has been Transport for London’s Managing Director of Surface Transport since 2001 and has overseen the transformation of London’s bus services. He is also Chair of the Commission for Integrated Transport.

What have the Mayor or his Transport for London bureaicracy ever done for us, except make transport ever more expensive and privacy intrusive ?

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Hmm this is the same man who rerouted a double decker bus every 6 minuted down my residential road - it was re-routed away from the High Site. Didn't listen to the 90-odd% against "public consultation."

Absolute tosser.

Upon receiving an email stating that I had been charged the maximum fare I am forced to reflect on Oyster�s new policy. While I am aware that I will be charged the maximum price if I do not touch in and touch out, I believe that the laziness exhibited by the employees of the tube and the technical mishaps inherent in any technology greatly benefit oyster's revenue through this policy. During rush hour it is often unclear if the reader has read a card as people pass through the gates very quickly. Your "touch in touch out or you will be charged the maximum fare" policy is going to make rush hour worse making each person slow down to be sure their card has been read while a line of commuters waits for each person. Further, when the machine makes a noise that use to bring attendants to your aid they appear content to continue talking to each other as though nothing has happened. You policy is simply to rip people off, first they become accustomed to using a cash alternative than you change the policies associated with the cash alternative stealing people's money not because they are trying to rip you off but instead because you imagine you are losing revenue from scam artist. Frankly, your policy is insulting. It is a symptom of a government that is obsessed with prosecuting for profit. There is no benefit of the doubt in your policy there is no customer service. It is a bureaucratic solution to a problem that may or may not exist. Until your machines work 100% of the time you can never be sure if it was a person's error or the machine's. Seeing how Oyster is content to take people's money relying on machines that are not 100% accurate this policy amounts to theft and you as an agent of the policy are culpable. Further I know this occurred at the Bank tube station during rush hour. You have CCTV at Bank and could if you felt like determining the truth in the situation look at what happened. I touched the pad the doors closed I touched the pad again to open the doors - yet still you charged me. Although I am not sure what I have been charged for the maximum cash fare it is theft no matter how small. So thank you for sending me this email to inform me that you through laziness and technical mishap have taken money from my pocket.

@ Mike - this accords with our experiences as well, but you should try contacting Ken Livingstone and Transport for London, rather than this independent blog.

i am writing this email as i cannot belive the prices of bus fairs, i am a single parent and i have had to take my daughter out of my bourgh as i cannot get her in to a skool in my area, it was costing me �13.50 before xmas and now fairs have gone up there should be a alowance for mums who have to travel with there children if we dont take our children to skool then we gwet taken to to court if we dont pay our fair we get taken to court something should be donecos it is unfair

I would like to know where Ken Livingstone stands on mothers with prams travelling on busses is? I have noticed that many drivers make life for these women very difficult to say the least. There may well be place on the bus and they are told that their is not or refusing to give them access through the exit door even when asked. What is TfL's policy and is it being discriminatory by means not intent. Please let me know and also the bus companies as to their actions.

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