Freedom Pass Subsidy (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3522
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How will the Government's decision to slash £30m from the concessionary fares subsidy affect your plans to extend the Freedom Pass to overland rail before 0930? Will this negatively affect the view of the Train Operating Companies and will it even be able to go ahead?

Answer

Answer for Freedom Pass Subsidy (2)

Answer for Freedom Pass Subsidy (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I remain committed to seeking to extend the Freedom Pass 24/7 to all forms of public transport in London, including the Overground trains if a satisfactory deal can be negotiated.

TfL will be pursuing this with the Train Companies in 2010. If this extension can be successfully negotiated, I would hope that the Boroughs will still be able to share the cost with me.

I will be holding discussions with London Councils on how best to take this forward.