In the week in which 2.7 million passengers a day faced the annual
hike in Tube and bus fares, press interest centred on the fact that
28,000 Metropolitan police officers have lost their automatic right to
free travel on London Transport because ’hundreds of officers’ had been
caught letting their nearest and dearest use their passes.
Customers were miffed at the extra ten pence for a central area journey,
although nearly as many were quoted complaining about the appearance:
’squalid, grotty, overcrowded, subject to unexplained stops’ were just a
sample of comments in the Guardian and Independent. The government and
the Jubilee Line extension were blamed for the reduction in funds. The
Guardian considered the effect that an ’unexplained stop’ might have if
a few Tory MPs were forced to miss the division bell on a crucial
Two Tube workers were quoted in the Independent: ’An appalling shambles
- constantly’. The Tube system, not the government one presumes.
Evaluation and analysis by Carma International.
Cuttings supplied by The Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers
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