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Campaigners demand TfL end Christmas crisis at London Transport Museum

12 December 2012

London Assembly members joined union campaigners today to demand that TfL stop acting like Scrooge towards London's Transport Museum.

LT Museum City Hall protest

A Christmas tree, decorated with messages of support from the public for the campaign, was presented to the board at 9.30am, as they arrived for their meeting at City Hall.

The lobby had been called in protest at Transport for London’s decision to slash £1.5 million, a quarter of its funding to London Transport Museum by 2016.

Staff and  supporters of the Museum have raised fears that a job cuts programme is being drawn up and the entrance fee will be raised to £15, putting the Museum out of the reach of many poor and middle income Londoners and their families.

The campaign has already won support from figures such as transport commentator Christian Wolmar and actor and broadcaster Tony Robinson.

The former Black Adder star said: “London's rich transport heritage has been well served by this acclaimed museum; curtailing its growth would be an act of cultural vandalism.

"We urge Transport for London to reinstate the £1.5m it has cut and preserve the full story of London's remarkable transport system for the benefit of all our communities.”

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said: “We are calling on Transport for London to show a bit of festive goodwill this Christmas. It’s not too late for them to reverse their crippling cuts at London Transport Museum and avert a crisis. Staff deserve better than this uncertainty and Londoners deserve a well-funded Museum dedicated to our city’s transport system.”

John Cryer MP, who has tabled Early Day Motion 713 on the funding crisis at London Transport Museum, added:

"Boris Johnson likes to talk tough on the impact of cuts to arts and culture but this rings hollow when London Transport Museum has its budget cut on his watch. If he genuinely wanted to do the right thing, he would admit he'd got this wrong and reinstate the slashing funding."

For more on the issue, see our Save London Transport Museum pages.

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