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Final deal signed to extend free travel 24 hours a day

PUBLISHED: 20:52 17 February 2009 | UPDATED: 14:04 05 October 2010

THE 32 London boroughs and the City have formally extended the scheme letting pensioners and the disabled free travel on buses, Underground and most network trains 24 hours a day. The Freedom Pass has been guaranteed for the next five years minimum after the deal signed as part of a funding package agreed with City Hall

THE 32 London boroughs and the City have formally extended the scheme letting pensioners and the disabled free travel on buses, Underground and most network trains 24 hours a day.

The Freedom Pass has been guaranteed for the next five years minimum after the deal signed as part of a funding package agreed with City Hall. The local authorities have agreed to contribute to the cost of extending the pass to allow those over 60 to use public transport round-the-clock, not just after 9.30am as before.

London’s free travel scheme is the country’s most comprehensive, costing around £270 million a year.

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