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Free Travel for Nurses

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Navin Shah Navin Shah Labour

Following the Royal College of Nursing’s cost of living report, what plans, if any, do you have to offer free travel to nurses in the same way there is free travel for police officers?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Transport for London (TfL) provides free travel to the British Transport Police, City of London Police and Metropolitan Police in recognition of our partnership and funding arrangements with these forces to police the transport network in London.

I am committed to keeping London affordable for everyone and believe that the cost of travel shouldn’t be a barrier to working, studying or enjoying life in London. That’s why I am doing what I  can to ensure travel remains affordable for all Londoners - including freezing TfL fares since 2016, introducing weekly capping, creating the Hopper fare and protecting existing concessions.

TfL is heavily reliant on fare revenue to keep London moving, especially so since the removal of its £700 million annual Government grant. This means there are no plans to provide free travel to nurses.