Free travel perk for family members and flatmates of TfL staff 'costs Londoners £22m'

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Boris Johnson today defended a free travel perk for thousands of Londoners who live with staff employed by his transport authority.

Transport for London gave away more than 22,000 travel passes last year under the 'Staff Nominee' scheme.

Conservatives on the London Assembly called for the scheme to be scrapped, claiming it would save £22m a year.

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TfL said the Tory figure was 'nonsense' and axing the scheme would generate no more than £7m in additional income.

All 27,000 TfL employees are entitled to free travel in Zones 1-6. They can also nominate a member of their household for an additional pass.

A one-year travelcard for Zones 1-6 costs £2,344.

Free travel on the London Underground, London Overground, London buses and the Docklands Light Railway is also given to police officers, military personnel, pensioners and children under 11.

London's mayor said he had never taken advantage of the scheme but had no wish to end it.

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