Transport for Wales
By Peter Shuttleworth
BBC Wales News
BBC London, Political Editor
The virus has ripped the heart out of Transport for London’s finances with fares down 90 percent.
The government is adopting a tough negotiating stance with the mayor on how money can be re-couped and transport should be funded now in the absence of usual income.
There’s a condition that Sadiq Khan extends the congestion charge zone to within the north and south circular.
He’s being pressured to agree to big fare hikes and the removal of concessionary travel for children and pensioners.
A plan has now emerged for a precept; an extra component to the council tax similar to what exists currently for the police.
It would mean the cost of public transport, spread across all Londoners whether they use it or not, but apparently no charge for the millions of users who live outside the capital.
There’s been a ministerial threat to take direct control of TfL, and there are ominous rumblings from the unions.
A pugnacious and provocative approach is emerging towards Labour-run devolved administrations.
For Boris Johnson, metro mayors are currently proving the real enemy.
But better public transport is needed before such a charge is introduced, a report recommends.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said the policy change in Wales will come into force on July 27.