Sadiq Khan: Tube cleaners and thousands of other low paid contractors to get free travel in London

Workers who clean London Underground and other public transport in the capital are to be given free travel, the Mayor has announced.

Sadiq Khan said he has asked Transport for London (TfL) to extend free travel on the capital’s public transport for the lowest-paid contract workers, as well as catering and security staff.

The move will benefit around 5,000 workers, who were not previously eligible for free travel.

The Mayor said he is taking “unprecedented” action to ease the financial pressure being faced by the lowest-paid transport workers.

He has also asked TfL to look into whether sick-pay standards for the lowest-paid workers could be improved and to conduct work early next year to assess TfL’s ability to bring cleaning services in house.