One of my constituents, Yvonne Levy, tells me that there is a huge barrier to buying an annual Travelcard at a student discount rate.
"It is a Catch 22 sort of situation in which the student has to get a student card or an official letter confirming his/her student status from his university before applying for a student Oyster card. This is normally not achieved until after term starts - usually some time in October. Then a form has to be filled in and sent off to await the arrival of the Oyster card. Only then can he/she proceed to one of the quite rare places where an annual Travelcard may be bought. Only then is he/she told that as the end date of a Travelcard is end September the following year it is now impossible to buy such a card. This is so even if the student is willing to accept that he/she will, in fact have the card for less than a year. The "system" simply does not allow it. The only option is then to buy monthly Travelcards which add up to considerably more than the annual card."
What percentage of London students buy an annual Travelcard at a student discount rate? What plans do TfL have to make it easier for students to buy the discounted tickets?