London TravelWatch responds to £1.6 billion emergency funding deal for Transport for London

15 May 2020

Responding to news that the Government has agreed an emergency funding deal for Transport for London, Director of London TravelWatch Emma Gibson said:

“It’s a great relief to Londoners to see this funding package in place but we are worried that the deal will mean fares hikes for transport users who can least afford them. Key workers and those who cannot work from home are often amongst the lowest paid and often have to travel long distances for work.  Lower income Londoners are particularly reliant on the bus and London TravelWatch are seeking assurances that bus fares in particular will be kept as low as possible”

“70% of passenger rail journeys either start, finish or pass through London so having a good public transport system in London matters to the whole of the UK. Passengers in and around London already cover a higher percentage of operational costs than those elsewhere in the UK so its important that the costs of public transport are spread out fairly.”

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  1. London TravelWatch is the official watchdog representing the interests of transport users in and around London, and independent of the transport operators and government. London TravelWatch is sponsored and funded by the London Assembly, part of the Greater London Authority.
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