Transport Strategy

MQT on 2016-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2016
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How will your new Transport Strategy address the needs of older Londoners?


Answer for Transport Strategy

Answer for Transport Strategy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London): Thank you. I am committed to improving the transport offer for older Londoners. That is why I guaranteed the 60+ Oyster card and continue to work with London Councils to safeguard the Freedom Pass. My new Transport Strategy is being drafted. It will support the development of a more efficient and affordable transport system and it will be more ambitious on accessibility. It will set up the delivery of safer, cleaner and more attractive places and healthy streets that will benefit all Londoners. I have asked TfL if more can be done to progress step-free access as we develop a TfL business plan.


Navin Shah AM: Thank you, Mr Mayor. On the Freedom Pass that you touched upon in your manifesto, you pledged to guarantee the Freedom Pass and 60+ Oyster card. You will recall, Mr Mayor, that when you visited Age UK Harrow service users some months ago, they were extremely concerned and expressed to you their concerns about the future of the Freedom Pass. Recently in a meeting with both the Chief Executive of Age UK Harrow and other groups in Brent, the issue has come up again. Can you reassure all concerned that you will do everything within your power to fulfil this commitment to old people?


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London): I thank the Assembly Member for that question. London Councils do an amazing job in relation to the Freedom Pass in difficult circumstances. I support them completely. Also, the 60+ Oyster is crucial. Just to remind the Assembly Member, the age at which people receive their Freedom Pass is increasing. There is that gap between being 60 and being eligible for your Freedom Pass and my commitment is to make sure the 60+ stays. Speaking to London Councils, they are committed to keeping the Freedom Pass as well.


Navin Shah AM: Thank you. Mr Mayor, on the issue of door-to-door services, is TfL’s action plan for this service being reviewed and what is being done to improve the service? You made certain comments during the TfL Plenary in July. Is there any update you can give now or a timetable for progressing this important agenda?


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London): Do you mean step-free?


Navin Shah AM: No, door-to-door service.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London): Taxi-type services?


Navin Shah AM: All of that, yes.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London): It plays a vital role not simply to get people from A to B but to deal with issues around loneliness, dignity and other public health issues just by leaving your home. It is an important issue for us. When we publish the business plan later on this year, I am hoping the Assembly Member will be happy with what we have done in relation to ensuring the future viability of this vital door-to-door service.


Navin Shah AM: Thank you.