Suspension of free peak pre-9am travel for Older Persons Freedom Pass

Transport for London (TfL) has set out details of the temporary changes affecting users of the Older Person’s Freedom Pass in London as part of the response to the pandemic.

From Monday 15 June older persons Freedom Pass will not be accepted in the morning peak (between 04:30 and 09:00).

Please remember the following before planning a journey:
• Changes are in accordance with the funding and finance agreement between TfL and Government and will help conserve space on public transport for people who have to use it to return to work
• Older Person’s Freedom Pass and 60+ card remain valid after 09:00 on weekdays and at all times at weekends
Disabled Freedom Pass holders are unaffected and will still be able to travel at all times using their pass
All passengers are reminded to only use public transport if absolutely essential and maintain two metres social distancing wherever possible

The temporary changes, to take effect from Monday 15 June, are being introduced as part of the recent funding and finance agreement with Government.

They will mean that all passengers with an Older Person’s Freedom Pass will not be able to use those passes during morning peak hours in order to help support social distancing on the public transport network and help control the Covid-19 virus.

Passengers with a Disabled Person’s Freedom Pass are unaffected and will, as usual, still be able to travel at all times using their Pass if they have to use public transport for their journey.

From Monday 15 June, changes to the ticketing system will mean Freedom Passes are automatically set not to be valid during the morning peak period (04:30 to 09:00) Monday to Friday. They will continue to be valid at all other times on weekdays and all day on weekends and Bank Holidays.

Passengers are being advised, where possible, not to travel immediately after 09:00 to help reduce potential crowding on buses and trains where effective capacity has been hugely reduced as a result of the requirement to observe two-metres social distancing wherever possible.

For more information and to see an updated Freedom Pass map, you can go to the Freedom Pass website, which will be updated when this temporary measure is due to end:

Planning Report – June 2020

To find out the latest news on what is being planned in your local area, check out our latest Planning Report with up-to-date information on Planning Applications including developments in:

  • Ash Tree Close
  • Land to the Rear of Shirley Inn Public House
  • Orchard Avenue
  • Orchard Park High School
  • Orchard Way
  • Potters Close
  • Shirley Road
  • Wickham Road and Woodmere Avenue.

With additional updates on our Planning Complaints, a final chance to participate in the LSE Survey on Density,  and some additional questions to the Rt. Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Also, take a look at the MORA Planning App, which gives you an easy way to track all the current and recent planning applications within the MORA area. It’s simple to use and free for you to access.

Final Invitation to Participate in Survey on Density

It is hard to find land in London to build on. One suggestion is to increase density – to allow more to be built on a piece of land.

To this end, my colleagues and I at the London School of Economics have put together a survey to better understand what Outer London residents think about this.

The survey can be accessed by clicking on the link below and then, after having read the instructions, by clicking ‘Continue’. It consists of two parts. The first is a short questionnaire and the second contains a series of images for the participant to respond to. It should take about 4-6 minutes to complete.

More detailed information, including a consent form, can be found on the survey’s introduction page.

Participants are encouraged to complete the survey by 14 June. Responses will be anonymous.

If there are any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email:

Link to the survey:

The website hosting the survey, Urban Experiment, is a platform for studies created by a researcher on our team. The data collected will only be shared among team members and with fellow academics.

The reason for this is one of academic standards; it is good practice to let other academics see research data to verify the quality of the work. A condition of sharing is that they would not pass the data to any third party. The research is funded internally – there are no external funders, so we are completely independent. The results will be published in an academic journal, making it available to other academics and the general public.

Thanks again for your help.

Croydon Council Parking Enforcement Information

During the Coronavirus lockdown, Croydon Council suspended parking charges, which meant that drivers did not need to need to display a permit or pay-and-display ticket to use parking bays in the borough.

However, as lockdown eases, parking enforcement is being gradually reintroduced from Tuesday 26 May 2020.

Pay & display parking machines are being reactivated and payments accepted from Tuesday 26 May and parking permits are starting to be processed from Tuesday 26 May.

From Monday June 8 2020 parking enforcement across the borough will resume and those parking illegally, or failing to display valid permits or parking tickets, risk being issued with a fine.

Health and social care workers can park for free in any council-run on street or off street bays. You should contact your employer who will be able to apply for dispensation on their behalf.

You can continue using a Blue Badge with an expiry date of 1 January 2020 onwards without receiving a penalty charge notice. This relaxation of enforcement has been agreed by government and local authority associations and should continue until 30 September 2020 at the earliest.

This applies to local authority parking, not private car parks such as those in supermarkets.

Blue badge holders are allowed to park free of charge and without time limit in or on:

  • any permitted parking space or paid-for parking bay
  • limited-period waiting boxes
  • red routes in specially signed and marked spaces

Blue badge holders are allowed to park free of charge for up to three hours in or on any single or double yellow line, except where there is:

  • a loading and unloading ban
  • a stopping restriction
  • a footway parking ban

To help social distancing, parking will be suspended outside some shops in district centres so that barriers can be installed to increase space for queuing shoppers and pedestrians.


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