Transport for London have raised the possibility of killing off one-day Travelcards after the issue was previously raised in funding discussions with central government.
During funding discussions between then Transport Secretary Grant Shapps at the Department for Transport and TfL, demands had been made to cut costs. Removing daily Travelcards was one of them.
Usage has declined with the advent of contactless caps though Travelcards remain popular for tourists and those travelling into London.
Proposed changes mean an end to these one-day child and adult tickets:
- Group Day Travelcards
- London Family Travelcard
- Discounted Day Travelcards bought using National Railcards
In return for central government funding, a number of measures needed to be offered to the Department for Transport. Others were considered such as increasing the threshold for free travel for those aged 60 and older.
Temporary changes in usage times were made permanent in January 2023.
The crux of many changes is that TfL was somewhat of an outlier for major world cities in being so reliant on fare income due to government policy.
If fare income reduces as it did after 2020, there’s less ability to balance the books or mitigate via other funding streams so new measures are pushed forward.
In addition Transport for London do not see £500 million in annual revenue from London drivers – paid in Vehicle Excise Duty – spent on roads in the capital. It heads to central government who allocate that sum outside the city.
Shapps had stated during funding discussions: “I do want to reiterate that we regard any proposal to transfer Vehicle Excise Duty income from the Exchequer to TfL as, in effect, a permanent government grant.” So it won’t happen.
The then-Transport Minister had also called for the expansion of ULEZ, which his party colleagues are now arguing against.
While daily Travelcards could be killed off, weekly and monthly Travelcards would continue to be sold.