Free bus passes for 60 year olds are back

Sarah Coles
Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson

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Older people have been slowly losing their right to free travel on public transport. An 'age escalator' has been in action alongside the rises in state pension age, which mean free travel is no longer immediately available to those reaching the age of 60. In London, however, the tide has turned. London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has announced a new type of Oyster Card which will give the over 60s free travel again from November.

But why, and is this fair to those outside London?