A free travel perk for older Londoners is to be suspended later this month to create more space on buses and trains for essential workers.

The Freedom Pass and 60+ card will no longer be valid on public transport during the morning rush hour from June 15th.

Older Londoners will have to wait until after 9am to make use of the concession.

The suspension of free travel was one of the conditions of a £1.6bn government bailout for Transport for London.

Under 18s are also set to lose their free rides but no date has been set. Mayor Sadiq Khan has asked the Department for Transport to reconsider the measure.

Given the national requirement to maintain two-metre social distancing, the capacity of buses and trains is hugely reduced. These temporary changes to the Older Person’s Freedom Pass and 60+ Oyster card pass during morning peak travel will help reduce the risk of crowding when it would be more difficult to maintain social distancing.

SHASHI VERMA, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, TRANSPORT FOR LONDON