Transport for All express ‘extreme concerns’ over Freedom Pass changes
We are extremely concerned at the recent announcements around the removal of concessions following the settlement between the Department for Transport and Transport for London.
This includes the possibility that the Disabled Person’s Freedom Pass may not be valid on the network until after 9:30am – something which we think is appalling.
Kirsty Hoyle, CEO of Transport for All, said: “It is not fair, just or moral to make changes to disabled people’s rights to travel.
“The Freedom Pass exists to redress societal and structural barriers that reduce physical access and economic opportunity; it is not a favour bestowed on disabled people and should not be treated as such.
“We strongly oppose any changes to the Freedom Pass, particularly at a time when equity and inclusion should be at the forefront of rebuilding society.
“This is an attack on the rights, visibility and respect for disabled people.”
We believe it is vital that disabled people are consulted and listened to during the negotiation process, and we will be writing to the Minister and Deputy Mayor seeking an urgent meeting next week.
Our full statement can be found online via our Twitter.