Student travel

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/4959
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

A constituent has asked me to raise this question with you. "A student is a student and if they have to travel back home to London at weekends they too should be given the discounts.  This is a discriminatory practice against London based students who have to leave home for studying at universities outside of London.  For example a student from Reading living in halls and studying in London gets TfL discounts and Rail Card discounts, a London student studying in Reading does not get the same and is disadvantaged (cost disadvantaged) for having a family home in London. In the current climate this is an easy win for the Mayor to 1. Help students under heavy debt burdens 2. Be consistent in helping students" Would the Mayor consider the suggestion put forward?  

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Answer

Answer for Student travel

Answer for Student travel

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I know only too well how expensive fares are in London.

That is why I am committed to freezing all Transport for London (TfL) fares in London until 2020.  I am also committed to maintaining all existing TfL concessions.

Students outside of London can still benefit from concessions, including the 16-25 railcard discount which can be applied to an Oystercard which University students can benefit from, regardless of where they study.