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Dagenham and Rainham MP warns against revoking free travel for children

Jon Cruddas has spoken to many concerned parents 

The MP for Dagenham and Rainham has spoken out against plans to revoke free travel for children.

Jon Cruddas has written to the Mayor of London warning the cost of kids journeying to school could push some parents to the brink.

A week ago, Sadiq Khan accepted a £1.6 billion government bailout package for London’s transport network after it saw fare income fall by 90 per cent in the last two months. 

The agreement included a number of caveats to safeguard services in the future, such as stopping the free movement of children. 

In his letter, Jon Cruddas wrote: “I understand the need to pay off deficits following months of subsidy and in most cases severe loss of income, but I am imploring you to ensure that this cost is not fronted by journeys to and from school. 

“There is a fear that the cost of commuting would push some parents beyond their means, particularly in more deprived boroughs.” 

The MP also highlighted concerns that travel costs could prevent schools from conducting cultural and educational visits in the future. 

He has asked the Mayor to use “all resources available” to open a negotiation with the government. 

The Mayor of London previously stated this was not the deal he wanted for the city.  

“The Government is, in effect, making ordinary Londoners pay the cost for doing the right thing on Covid-19,” he said. 

“They want fares to go up next January – ending the four years fares freeze I delivered after the last election.

“They have insisted that free travel is temporarily suspended for Freedom Pass and 60-plus card holders at peak times. We agreed it was the right thing to review the Congestion Charge.” 

 

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