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Free Travel for Under 11s will "resolve this unfair North-South divide" - Val Shawcross AM

Responding to the announcement that the Mayor has accepted her proposals to extend free travel to Under 11s on the rail network and the Mayor’s decision to increase fares, Labour London Assembly Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross AM, said:

"It’s hugely welcome that the Mayor has finally agreed to introduce free travel on trains for Under 11s. Up until now children in South London who rely on the trains have effectively missed out on free travel. I'm glad the Mayor has listened to our proposals to resolve this unfair North-South divide, it will make a world of difference to families.

“By increasing adult fares yet again Boris Johnson has dealt a parting blow to Londoners who have already had to contend with astronomical fare rises during his mayoralty. We’ve witnessed astonishing levels of hypocrisy from a Mayor who once said he’d lower fares in the long term, but has bumped them up by over 40% during his time in office.

“Commuters in the capital will be left bewildered as to why they have seen their fares rise year after year whilst there has been so little investment in the transport projects that London actually needs. Prices may have gone up but our buses remain overcrowded and the Tube upgrade is lagging significantly behind schedule.

“Boris Johnson has repeatedly brushed off calls to freeze fares, and by doing so has subjected hard pressed commuters to years of rising travel costs with absolutely no respite.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes

 

-          Val Shawcross AM called for free travel to be extended to children using the train network in August 2015 – full details available here. At the time Train Operators welcomed the proposals and said they would work with the Mayor to consider the scheme.

 

-          A TfL map showing which above ground London train routes allow free travel for 5 -10 year olds is available here.

 

-          On TfL services 5-10 year olds are given free travel year round on Tube, DLR, Tram & Bus. On National Rail services 5-10 year olds are required to pay child fares. This means that for example:

 

Route

Zone

Route type (National Rail or TfL)

North or South of the river?

Cost for a peak return child ticket

Cost for an off peak return child ticket

Orpington - Charing Cross

6

National Rail

South

£6.80

£2.60

South Bermondsey - London bridge

2

National Rail

South

£2.95

£1.15

Sutton - London bridge

5

National Rail

South

£5.50

£2.10

Harrow & Wealdstone – Euston

5

TfL

North

£0.00

£0.00

Enfield Town - Liverpool Street

5

TfL

North

£0.00

£0.00

Rainham - Fenchurch Street

6

TfL

North

£0.00

£0.00

Source: National Rail journey planner and TfL fare finder

-       Val Shawcross AM is the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark

 

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