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Government considers free ride travel to get people back to work

by LLB staff reporter
4th Sep 20 12:04 pm

The government are considering offering free train, Tube and bus rides to get people back to work and back to the shops.

According to the Evening Standard, the government are in talks over a scheme dubbed First Ride Free, to give people credit for a day to go into central London.

People are nervous about using London’s transport network which is believed to be one of the main factors preventing people returning back into the capital.

London’s new transport commissioner Andy Byford drew up the scheme and it is now in discussions with Paul Scully the Minister for London.

Scully said, “I’m looking at all options to show people rather than just tell them that there is a warm and very safe welcome waiting for them when they come back to the centre of our great city.”

Transport for London (TfL) spokesperson said that this is “one of a number of options being considered to help encourage people back into central London in the coming months.

“No final decisions have been made and any option would need to be delivered with government support, and agreed with them as part of ongoing discussions about our finances.

“More customers are now returning to public transport and we are seeing steady growth every day. We are delivering a near full Tube, bus and rail service and the network is cleaner than ever before.

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