I often (too often) find myself wanting to be a kid again, and I’m having another moment this morning. TfL, which has been on a hot streak this week, has announced that children under the age of 11 will no longer need to pay to use National Rail services in the capital from 2 January. That means that your little ones will soon have the option to travel free on London’s Tube, DLR, Overground, bus and tram services, as well as the train. Not bad for some.
Unfortunately, us grown-ups -- and over-11s -- will need to start paying a little extra. The daily bus cap is set to increase by 10p to £4.50, Zone 1 only and Zones 1-2 off-peak pay-as-you-go fares will rise from £2.30 to £2.40, all-day caps will increase by 10p and Zones 1-6 travelcards will be bumped up to £17.20 a pop, from £17. TfL, which will cough up £500 million for the young-uns, expects to squeeze an extra £43 million out of us already-grumpy gits over the course of 2016.
“Hundreds of thousands of families will also benefit now that we’ve struck a deal to extend free travel for under-11s across all rail services in London," said Boris Johnson. "By securing this deal on National Rail services, we are taking away the fares confusion for so many and opening up wider travel in the capital for families to enjoy.”
Now then, when's that Night Tube thingy coming?