By Daniel Hunter

News that London tube, train and bus fares will rise by, on average, 3% in the New Year has been met with criticism.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson's announcement was not welcomed by TUC, although Campaign for Better Transport saw a plus side to the news.

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: "The Mayor is adding to London's living standards crisis. He must think that we are all suffering from a low IQ if he expects hard-pressed commuters not to notice this fares hike."

James MacColl, Head of Campaigns, Campaign for Better Transport said: "Boris Johnson's decision to keep the increase in public transport fares to 3% is definitely a step in the right direction, although many Londoners will still see fares rising faster than incomes. The challenge is now for George Osborne to match the Mayor's commitment in this week's Autumn Statement and end the decade of above inflation rail fares."

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