OPINION - Talking Point: What do you think of the pensioners’ ban on free travel?

Commuters waiting for a bus at rush hour  (Hollie Adams / AFP via Getty Images)
Commuters waiting for a bus at rush hour (Hollie Adams / AFP via Getty Images)

The Mayor of London has announced a range of increased fares across Tube and bus services coming in March 2023. For those aged over 60, there was the added blow that the removal of free travel before 9am on weekdays will be made permanent.

People with a 60+ Oyster or Freedom Pass card get free travel in London. However, a temporary restriction was brought in during the pandemic to offer more space to key workers. After two-and-a-half years, it’s been decided the privilege will not be reinstated.

It has been said that this could generate an additional £40m a year in fares during rush hour for TfL.

Abigail Wood, chief executive of Age UK London, responded to the news: “We are devastated that the voices of older Londoners have been ignored. Affordable transport is a lifeline not a luxury and this cut penalises them with no choice about when and how they travel.

“Age UK London is deeply concerned this comes at the worst possible time as the cost-of-living crisis worsens and more and more older Londoners are plunged into poverty.

“One in four older Londoners live in poverty – the highest level in the country – and London has some of the highest living costs in the world. This is the wrong decision at the worst possible time.”

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Yesterday we asked: Can the Met ever recover?

John Mackintosh-Wood responded on Facebook: “No. All trust has gone.”

On Twitter, @nthlondonhipy and @derverla called for the Met to be disbanded.

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Cannae2301 responded in the website comments: “The talk should not be about throwing these bad ones out, but not letting the bad ones in to begin with.”