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TfL bailout: Scrapping free child travel will cost us £16m, councils tell government

London’s 32 borough councils want the government to scrap the suspension of free travel for under-18s, complaining that it will cost them £16 million and will be impossible to administer before the new school year. Transport secretary Grant Shapps imposed the condition two weeks ago as part of a £1.6 billion bailout of Transport for […]

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My bus driver father would still be alive if he had PPE, says Lewisham nurse

The family of a London bus driver who died with Covid-19 said today a lack of protective equipment for public transport workers and delays to improving safety had “cost lives”. Mervyn Mally Kennedy is one of 29 transport staff — including 23 bus drivers and workers — to have died with the virus amid claims […]

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Coronavirus: Worried bus drivers speak out over safety ‘failures’

A former TfL safety panel member has blamed the disproportionate number of deaths among bus drivers on “a failure to do basic things” and “a mayor that doesn’t take responsibility”, while bus drivers – including one at a garage in Greenwich – say a “deep cleaning” of their vehicles is rushed and patchy. JESSIE MATHEWSON, […]

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TfL bus cuts: New figures reveal SE London routes set for cuts are getting busier

Two south-east London bus routes which are threatened with service cuts saw an increase in passengers last year, according to new figures released by Transport for London. TfL plans to withdraw routes 53 (Plumstead station to Whitehall) and 171 (Bellingham to Holborn) from parts of central London as it grapples with money problems following the […]