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The beginning of the end for the free travel perk?

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Tom Edwards Tom Edwards | 13:30 UK time, Monday, 20 September 2010

An interesting exchange at Mayor's Question Time last week between Caroline Pidgeon from the Liberal Democrats and the Mayor Boris Johnson, which shows you the way the wind is blowing at Transport for London.

The Lib Dems seemed to be attacking the "free nominee travel" perk that Transport for London employees get.

As things stand, TfL employees get free travel.

But I was a bit surprised to hear they can also nominate someone at their address to also get free travel. It doesn't have to be a relation or a spouse.

The Lib Dems clearly don't like this and say the money should be going into Tube investment.

They estimate it costs £26 million a year with 21,000 people getting free nominee travel.

Instead of a robust defence of this, the Mayor said he was actually looking at it - so you might see this being cut in the future.

Fair enough? And is this the thin end of the wedge?

How long until the hawks start looking at free travel full stop?


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