ATOC / Freedom Pass (3)

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


If TfL is receiving more per passenger, trip or swipe from ATOC than they are direct from London Councils, will the Mayor instruct TfL to repay the difference to London Councils?


Answer for ATOC / Freedom Pass (3)

Answer for ATOC / Freedom Pass (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am disappointed that Train Operating Companies (TOCs), including Greater Anglia, only accept Freedom Passes (including Disabled Persons’ Passes) after 9.30am on weekdays. However the TOCs’ settlement with London Councils is based on this.


The TfL scheme with London Councils permits passengers with Disabled Persons’ Passes to travel 24/7 and the elderly to travel on weekdays from 9.00am using their Freedom Passes. This is because the Mayor of London funds travel before 9.00am on TfL services. The TfL scheme has applied on the former West Anglia routes since control of these routes was transferred to TfL on 31 May.


TfL is currently carrying out an assessment of Freedom Pass travel volumes on the West Anglia routes following the transfer to TfL. Following this assessment, TfL will engage with London Councils in the autumn to determine the Freedom Pass settlement for next year.


Based on the assessment results to date, TfL is confident that the £2.5 million will not provide TfL with a level of compensation beyond what is fair and reasonable.