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messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by richard tudor May 16, 04:26PM

On LBC this morning it was confirmed by the Gov that the Gov did not force Khan to raise the congestion charge nor extend the times. This was told to the Guardian and they reported it to the public.

It was left to him to decide what was best.

Just who do you believe.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by JohnL May 16, 05:32PM

Maybe taxes coming into London should go solely to London

[twitter.com]

2017 - but probably still valid.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was may 16, 05:35pm by JohnL.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by Jules-and-Boo May 16, 05:38PM

The congestion charge increase is also to atop car numbers increasing.

The financial situation as result of civil would be same under any govt or mayor.
Fact remains, the funds need to be recouped.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by Sue May 16, 06:29PM

The restriction is at peak times, for obvious reasons in the current circumstances.

We are lucky to have a freedom pass at all, and I am very grateful for mine.

Dulwich Fox, why do you need to do your shopping between 8 and 9? There are many other hours in the day.

Also, many supermarkets and local shops will deliver to your door!

Alternatively, we have a great What's App group in our road, plus other local help groups. To the best of my knowledge you aren't yet on it? A note with contact numbers to be a part of it was put through everybody's door, as far as I know, when all this horrible time started.

I'm sure there are many neighbours and others who would be only too happy to help you get your shopping!

ETA: And unfortunately you do seem to have a real hatred of Sadiq Khan.

Do you think Boris Johnson, for example, did a better job as mayor?



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messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by richard tudor May 16, 06:51PM

Probably like me 8~9 is for elderly and disabled customers.

Also if you are anywhere you have to be be on a bus before the rush hour or you cannot use the pass. Many pensioners like me only have a freedom pass so in essence I am being locked down unable to go anywhere as using busses in the rush hour period will be expensive. My day suddenly becomes very much shorter or a great deal longer if I have to wait for the rush hour to end.

How many pensioners actually take public transport in the rush hours. Also what happens if you have an hospital appt in the afternoon and are delayed for whatever reason.

The freedom pass should remain as it is as elderly people do not abuse it.

The more Mr Khan thinks the worst it gets as he does not think things through to a sensible conclusion.

I do think you have to ask the question "Would you buy a secondhand car from this person with confidence.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by Sue May 16, 08:49PM

richard tudor Wrote:
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> Probably like me 8~9 is for elderly and disabled
> customers.


There are ways of getting your shopping which do not involve going physically to the shops yourself.

Local people have been really helpful in offering to do shopping for those who need assistance, plus supermarkets offer deliveries.

>
> Also if you are anywhere you have to be be on a
> bus before the rush hour or you cannot use the
> pass. Many pensioners like me only have a freedom
> pass so in essence I am being locked down unable
> to go anywhere as using busses in the rush hour
> period will be expensive. My day suddenly becomes
> very much shorter or a great deal longer if I have
> to wait for the rush hour to end.


As I understand it, the restriction on use is only between 8 and 9 am.

Would you rather be crammed into a bus with no social distancing because people who have to get to work are joined by older people who don't have to get to work?



>
> How many pensioners actually take public transport
> in the rush hours.


Also what happens if you have
> an hospital appt in the afternoon and are delayed
> for whatever reason.


Most hospital appointments have been cancelled, as I understand it.



>
> The freedom pass should remain as it is as elderly
> people do not abuse it.


I don't think anybody is suggesting that elderly people abuse it?

And it has always been the case that you can't use it on trains before a certain time in the morning.


>
> The more Mr Khan thinks the worst it gets as he
> does not think things through to a sensible
> conclusion.
>
> I do think you have to ask the question "Would you
> buy a secondhand car from this person with
> confidence.


I would happily buy a second hand car from Sadik Khan smiling smiley

ETA: I am also a pensioner. I can't use public transport anyway at the moment, but even if I could I would avoid it under the present circumstances, let alone in the rush hour!

ETA: I have just seen on a local Facebook thread that if you incur travel expenses for hospital appointments you may be able to claim them back.

PALS at the relevant hospital can advise.

The thread particularly related to someone having to be driven there by car as not able to use public transport for obvious reasons, and thereby incurring congestion charges each time.

Obviously that is rather more than a bus fare, but it's possible that the same applies.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit was may 17, 11:54am by Sue.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by DulwichFox May 16, 11:38PM

Sue Wrote:
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> The restriction is at peak times, for obvious
> reasons in the current circumstances.
>
> We are lucky to have a freedom pass at all, and I
> am very grateful for mine.
>
Dulwich Fox, why do you need to do your shopping between 8 and 9? There are many other hours in the day.
>
> Also, many supermarkets and local shops will
> deliver to your door!
>
> Alternatively, we have a great What's App group in
> our road, plus other local help groups. To the
> best of my knowledge you aren't yet on it? A note
> with contact numbers to be a part of it was put
> through everybody's door, as far as I know, when
> all this horrible time started.
>
> I'm sure there are many neighbours and others who
> would be only too happy to help you get your
> shopping!
>
> ETA: And unfortunately you do seem to have a real
> hatred of Sadiq Khan.
>
> Do you think Boris Johnson, for example, did a
> better job as mayor?

I don't do MY shopping between 08.00 - 09.00am I am still sleeping at that time.
Those are the opening hours Sainsbury's have allocated to Elderly Folk to give them a chance
to shop without having to queue outside

I do not mind much having to queue.

I don't Hate Sadiq Khan. I just dislike his Polices. I do not Hate anyone.

I was not Just thinking about myself when I started this Post. I was thinking about other people.
Its something I've done All my life. Something I got from my Late Mother.

Foxy

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by NewWave May 18, 07:27PM

I only discovered yesterday from a neighbour who was emailed about the changes that I will no longer be able to use my freedom pass to get into work as its suspended during peak travel.
This is so unfair-It assumes that us over 60's dont have commitments to get into work at a certain time and can just sit on our butts and leave home when we want.
With the retirement age going up every year plenty of us over 60's HAVE to work and at roughly £8 a day to get into work 5 days a week this makes a big dent out of my weekly salary
its deeply unfair.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by womanofdulwich May 18, 07:32PM

If you are working, why is it unfair?

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by snoopy17 May 18, 08:37PM

how can it cost £8 to get to work on a bus?

don't forget you can get on two buses within an hour for the price of one.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by edcam May 18, 09:33PM

None of this was his idea. It's this bloody awful government.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by DulwichFox May 18, 10:59PM

edcam Wrote:
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> None of this was his idea. It's this bloody awful
> government.

So If it's nothing to do with Khan why is he there. ??

If he does not have the Power to overturn Government decisions , why do we need him ??

Livingstone got so much stick.. Boris got so much stick.
Why do so many people support Sadiq Khan. He cannot do a thing wrong.

What did we do before we created a Mayor of London ??

Not to be confused with the Lord Mayor of London..

The Lord Mayor of the City of London, William Russell
Elected annually, the Lord Mayor of the City of London is an international ambassador for the UK's financial and professional services sector.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by Blah Blah May 18, 11:39PM

The London Mayors Office is a bit like a devolved government. So it has a limited range to set local policy, some of which regards how it spends the funding that comes from central government, and other monies it receives from taxpayers.

Do we need it?

Well the idea is to have a layer between local authorities and central government, in the same was as we used to have regional and metropolitan elected bodies. For me it makes sense in a city with 8 million residents to have an elected office that oversees the infrastructure and policies that pull all that together. That is what the London Assembly is also for. To hold the Mayor and his advisers to account. And just as we elect the Mayor, we also elect the Assembly Members.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by seenbeen May 19, 11:10AM

edcam Wrote:
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> None of this was his idea. It's this bloody awful
> government.

It's sensible- if older people who are not working are on the bus they will clog up the buses and workers will not be able to get on. Also older people should not be travelling at peak times because they may get the virus and clog up the NHS.
This very good Government quite rightly follow the science.
Don't forget Khan cut the number of tube trains and buses at the start of the lockdown and shut many stations thereby forcing essential workers on to less buses and trains and creating more overcrowding- that was stupid imo

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by dresswaves May 19, 11:43AM

From Sadiq Khan’s Facebook page.

The Government has issued a statement on the TfL funding deal which, in keeping with the highly political way they conducted these negotiations, is at best misleading. I want to set the record straight:

1. TfL’s finances were in much better shape immediately before Covid-19 than the mess I inherited from the Prime Minister when he left City Hall. Over the past four years we have reduced TfL’s operating deficit by 71 per cent on a like-for-like basis and increased cash reserves by 16 per cent. Like-for-like operating costs have fallen each year, which had never happened before. And as well as slashing the deficit, this efficiency has funded the freezing of TfL fares for four years.

The only reason TfL is now in financial difficulties, just like every transport operator, is because our fares income has fallen by 90 per cent during lockdown. The significant efficiencies delivered during my Mayoralty have in fact reduced the amount of government support required in these unprecedented circumstances.

2. The Government insisted as part of the deal that TfL immediately bring back the congestion charge and ULEZ and urgently bring forward proposals to widen the scope and levels of these charges. This will help stop our roads becoming unusably congested - but it was a Government red line.

3. The Government also insisted that Londoners’ fares must go up above inflation next year, that TfL must suspend free travel for Freedom Pass and 60 plus card holders during peak times, and for under 18s all the time. After lobbying from TfL over the weekend the Government has now finally agreed that this will not apply to disabled Freedom Pass holders.

4. As the Government’s statement sets out, they have agreed similar finance packages for every other transport authority in the UK - but have not insisted on punishing their citizens in return in the same ways they have Londoners.

The Government has made ordinary Londoners pay a very high price for the consequences of doing the right thing on Covid-19. I am very happy for the Government to publish the full funding deal - which clearly demonstrates this to be true.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by PnB May 19, 02:00PM

"Freedom passes" should never be allowed during peak times, as it means there is less space for passengers who pay through the nose for it. Freedom passes would mean far more delays in summer too, with people fainting etc.

Currently all buses are free anyway so im not sure what the fuss is all about.

TFL cant currently afford many more hand outs. Many folk entitled to Freedom passes probably live in and own a £1 million house, lock and stock (especially round here). Im not sure it should be beyond their means to fork out for a taxi, rather than see London grind to a halt when TFL goes bankrupt.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by KidKruger May 19, 02:07PM

Many people round here have £1m houses they bought for £150K or less, are not wealthy and would welcome support such as Freedom Passes. Just because the price of their house increased doesn't mean they automatically have funds !

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by snowy May 19, 02:45PM

PnB Wrote:
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> "Freedom passes" should never be allowed during
> peak times, as it means there is less space for
> passengers who pay through the nose for it.
> Freedom passes would mean far more delays in
> summer too, with people fainting etc.
>
> Currently all buses are free anyway so im not sure
> what the fuss is all about.
>
> TFL cant currently afford many more hand outs.
> Many folk entitled to Freedom passes probably live
> in and own a £1 million house, lock and stock
> (especially round here). Im not sure it should be
> beyond their means to fork out for a taxi, rather
> than see London grind to a halt when TFL goes
> bankrupt.

Every village has its idiot, but you’re excelling at it today.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by Pugwash May 19, 03:13PM

I would only use my Freedom Pass to attend early hospital appointments - I have 2 coming up in August. Since the driver does not take cash, I object to getting an Oyster card for visits I may only make about 6/7 times a year.

When does free travel for the under 18s start?

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by DulwichFox May 19, 03:18PM

PnB Wrote:
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> "Freedom passes" should never be allowed during
> peak times, as it means there is less space for
> passengers who pay through the nose for it.
> Freedom passes would mean far more delays in
> summer too, with people fainting etc.
>
> Currently all buses are free anyway so im not sure
> what the fuss is all about.
>
> TFL cant currently afford many more hand outs.
> Many folk entitled to Freedom passes probably live
> in and own a £1 million house, lock and stock
> (especially round here). Im not sure it should be
> beyond their means to fork out for a taxi, rather
> than see London grind to a halt when TFL goes
> bankrupt.


Yes I own a house in East Dulwich, not quite a Million Pounds But I worked for 40+ years to enable me to pay for it.
I mostly travelled to work everyday From 16 - 56 by Public Transport, and paid through the nose for the privilege.

Also paying for Public Transport in the evenings and Weekends.

Yes before the Virus, there were many people at the Bus Stop During Rush Hour. . and standing room only.
The Bus used to empty out at East Dulwich and Denmark Hill Stations.

I think I have earned my Freedom Pass that I use 2 -3 times a week.
The Buses and occasional trains are empty when I use them.

The only time I used my Pass in Rush Hour was for early Hospital Appointments.

DulwichFox

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by womanofdulwich May 19, 03:26PM

Dear pugwash. You can use a debit card, you don't need an oyster card.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by PnB May 19, 04:13PM

You might consider reading this before pointing the finger at Sadiq Khan

[www.theguardian.com]

Its the Tories mate, they are the reason your freebie pass is affected.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by NewWave May 19, 10:48PM

womanofdulwich Wrote:
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> If you are working, why is it unfair?


Because I'm a low paid job if you must know-and before you ask I still get paid more than if I worked locally and could walk.
Does that answer your question?
£8 per day because I choose (yes choose..shoot me down if you want)to take the quickest route to work which is Overground and underground-I often finish work late in the evening and want to get home at a decent hour rather than walk from the bus to my house at 11pm at night.
I've worked since I was 13 (it was legal to work saturdays then)as a shop worker paid tax all my adult life and the retirement age for people in jobs like mine goes up and up (people I know in posh jobs have retired at 60) as a tax paying londoner having always paid my council tax and never claimed benefits I was relieved to be saving money by not needing an oyster card when I reached 60-that made a big difference to my monthly outgoings



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messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by Sue May 20, 10:35AM

DulwichFox Wrote:
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>
> I don't Hate Sadiq Khan. I just dislike his
> Polices. I do not Hate anyone.
>


So just to be clear, Foxy, when you said in a post above

"The man is truly a Saboteur. A Destructive person who I find Sinister"

you were referring to his policies and not to Sadiq Khan?

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by richard tudor May 20, 01:22PM

Why dont you two just get married and be a real old married couple.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by siousxiesue May 20, 02:40PM

richard tudor Wrote:
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> Why dont you two just get married and be a real
> old married couple.


Lol

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by Sue May 20, 04:36PM

richard tudor Wrote:
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> Why dont you two just get married and be a real
> old married couple.


Why don't any two posters on here having a dialogue just get married and be a real old married couple?

🙂

Probably because they don't want to!

🙂

Anyway I have a very lovely partner already

❤️


This is a forum. It's for discussion. You don't have to read it if you don't want to 🙂



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messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by JohnL May 22, 02:29PM

Bus fares on routemaster buses to be reinstated on May 23.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by Bic Basher May 22, 04:02PM

JohnL Wrote:
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> Bus fares on routemaster buses to be reinstated on
> May 23.


Only on the 12 locally, the 176 will still be 'free' even if the signs say you have to touch in, because of the mixed-mode use of normal buses on the route.



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messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by maxxi May 23, 12:48AM

DulwichFox Wrote:
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> maxxi Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > 0/10 DF - you sad little arse.
>
> Well.. I have diabetes... High Blood Pressure ...
> Asthma ... Problems with my Pancreas (two
> operations)
> I am waiting for the results of a brain scan,
> Poor eyesight (not able to drive)
> Muscle atrophy..
>
> At times I rely on the Bus.
>
> I do not give shit what you think. What ever you
> currently call yourself on here.
>
> Fox

Your ailments are irrelevant unless you mean they are the cause of your deliberately spreading misinformation, which was what I was alluding to.

As for what I "currently call" myself on here - I call myself exactly the same as I have done since joining the edf over nine years ago. You need to get your conspiracy hat adjusted.

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