Government agrees £200m deal to keep Transport for London services running

The Government has agreed a fourth extraordinary funding settlement for Transport for London worth £200m, allowing the capital’s transport network to continue to operate.

The settlement will run until 24 June, which the government says reaffirms its commitment to the network as it recovers from the pandemic and continues to work towards long-term financial sustainability.

It says that recognising the need for stability and forward planning, the new deal also includes the potential for a longer-term capital investment settlement for TfL. This would be agreed ahead of the next financial year and will be dependent on the Mayor and TfL’s cooperation with the Government, including providing sufficient information regarding its capital investment plans and meeting conditions set out in the previous settlement.

This follows three previous emergency funding packages and takes the Government’s support for TfL, since March 2020, close to £5 billion. This is on top of an additional pledge to provide over a billion pounds of capital investment every year in October’s Spending Review.

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps said, “Over the past two years, the Government has repeatedly shown its commitment to London and the transport network it depends upon, by providing close to £5bn in emergency funding.

“These support packages must be fair to all taxpayers and the settlement agreed today provides enough to cover lost revenue from the pandemic while the Mayor follows through on his promises to keep TfL on the path to financial sustainability by 2023.”

In this funding settlement, the Mayor will consult on the options he believes will raise between £500m and £1bn of additional yearly revenue from 2023. He will also be outlining options to achieve operating cost savings of up to £400m in 2022/2023 and delivering against TfL’s accelerated modernisation plan, whilst making significant progress in moving the Pension Fund into a financially sustainable position.

Throughout this period, Government says it will continue to work closely with the Mayor and TfL to ensure London’s transport system delivers for Londoners and contributes to the entire country’s economic recover while maintaining the interests of national taxpayers.

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