London Mayor Scraps Daily Travel Cards, Sparks Outrage

Critics accuse Sadiq Khan of running a “phoney consultation”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has come under fire for discontinuing daily travel cards without prior consultation, despite previously claiming there would be discussions over the issue.


Khan revealed the decision to MyLondon, stating, “We’re keeping the weekly and limited travel cards, but unfortunately, because of Government conditions, we’ve got rid of the daily travel cards.”

Nick Rogers AM, City Hall Conservatives transport spokesperson, accused Khan of running a “phoney consultation” and taking Londoners for fools. He also mentioned the Mayor’s improper consultation on the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which is facing a High Court challenge.

Transport for London (TfL) said it is “engaging with key stakeholders to develop our (TfL’s) impact assessment on the potential change.” However, without daily travel cards, customers would need to use pay-as-you-go options or buy paper single/return tickets for TfL services.

Khan attributed the decision to government requirements, explaining that TfL was asked to make cuts of £600 million and raise revenues of £500 million. He placed responsibility and blame on the government for the removal of travel cards.

Growing backlash has been directed at Khan’s plans to expand the ULEZ in London, leading to a judicial review of his plans by five Tory councils in July. The hearing will determine the legality of the scheme’s expansion.

Howard Cox from FairFuel accused Khan of “cash-grabbing” and called for an independent public inquiry into “immoral behaviour.” Cox claimed Khan made “false and dishonest” statements and “manipulated ULEZ results.”

Responding to the allegations, a spokesperson for the Mayor stated that the discontinuation of daily travel cards was mandated by the government’s emergency funding deal during the pandemic, and TfL is seeking information on potential impacts and possible mitigations. They added that the Mayor has not made a final decision and will do so based on TfL’s advice.

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