Lib Dem London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon is pushing Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and TfL to remove temporary travel restrictions for older people now that COVID restrictions have been lifted.
Back in June 2020, TfL announced it would no longer allow passengers to use their 60+ Oyster Cards or Freedom Passes during the morning peak to help make more space for social distancing on public transport.
Yet, over a year later and since the PM lifted COVID restrictions on 19 July with workers no longer required to 'work from home if they can' older passengers still can't use their free passes in the morning. This means older people either have to pay a full fare to travel in the morning or not travel during that time.
Lib Dem Caroline Pidgeon proposed a motion at City Hall last Thursday to lift the retrictions and said the restrictions “must be lifted” or the mayor should provide “sound scientific evidence to continue penalising people over 60 years of age”.
Caroline said: “The suspension of concessionary travel for 60+ Oyster photocard and Older Person’s Freedom Pass holders before 9am on weekdays was supposed to be only a temporary measure, yet it is still in place 15 months after it was first introduced and with no indication as to when it will be finally lifted. With restrictions on crowding and social distancing now largely lifted the arguments for the continued restrictions no longer hold up. It is time to stop penalising people over 60 who are in work, who need to travel to offer childcare to grandchildren at the start of the day, or who face morning health and hospital appointments.”