“When I was running London we drove up ridership on buses massively by improving the service and having automatic contactless payment — Oyster cards”

Boris Johnson, to television cameras, warehouse in Manchester

September 29, 2019

Facts

Johnson became mayor in 2008. Oyster cards were introduced in 2003.

The most generous interpretation is that Johnson was referring to schemes introduced while he was mayor aimed at increasing the use of Oyster cards, although he gave no indication he was doing so. He could have been referring to the fact that contactless payment was introduced on London buses in 2012. But Oyster cards had been accepted on buses since before he became mayor.

Verdict

Johnson’s statement is misleading.

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