As the Member of Parliament for Croydon South, I have written to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to express my disappointment with your plan to scrap Day Travelcards, Child Day Travelcards, Family Travelcards, and Weekend Travelcards.
Travelcards – the paper tickets that give passengers unlimited travel on across all public transport services in London – remain very popular. With over 12 million sold last year, it is clear that many Londoners, and indeed visitors to London, find the travelcard a convenient and fuss-free way of accessing the transport network. It is therefore no surprise to me that my recent petition against the plan to axe these travelcards was signed by over 2,000 local residents of Croydon South in a matter of days.
I am aware that many regular users of public transport already use – and, in a lot of instances, prefer to use – an Oyster or a contactless card. However, my constituents have raised concerns that travelling into and around London from Croydon and further afield will become more complicated should these plans go ahead, especially for children who are not regular travellers and do not own a ZIP card and those who do not have access to technology.