There has understandably been a lot of media interest in the instruction from government telling TfL to abandon free bus travel for under 18s. Unfortunately some sections of the media seem to think that it’s happened already. It hasn’t. TfL are currently in discussions with the DfT about how it can be implimented and what the scope should be. They have pointed out that if all free child fares are removed then the London councils will have to work out an alternative method of providing free travel to school for those who are entitled to it. The costs of doing that could well exceed the savings made by charging for other child journeys. Watch this space!
What is about to happen is that older person freedom passes and 60+ Oyster holders will no longer be able to use their passes on services before 9am. This starts on June 15th and is billed as a temporary change. Disabled persons freedom passes are not affected. There is, however, no change to the message that public transport should only be used if absolutely necessary.