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Save London Transport Museum

2 July 2012

TSSA has joined with others to launch a campaign to defend the London Transport Museum, after members there raised the alarm about its future.

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Transport for London is cutting its grant to the Museum by 25 per cent. This amounts to a £1.5 million a year reduction in income. On top of that, as a result of the Government’s austerity measures, vital Arts Council funding has dried up, meaning a number of important community outreach and education posts are being lost.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes, TV presenter Tony Robinson, and transport commentator Christian Wolmar recently publicised the campaign via a letter in the Guardian. The letter highlighted the threat to jobs and educational projects posed by these cuts as well as drawing attention to the recent hike in the museum’s entrance fee.

In his letter of response (also published in the Guardian), Vernon Everitt, TfL’s managing director of Marketing and Communications failed to rule out cuts to the museum’s school visits programme or further increases in the entrance fee, thus jeopardising access for many poorer Londoners.

All of the exhibits in the London Transport Museum are owned by Transport for London, which is now threatening the very future of the Museum. London has one of the oldest and largest public transport systems in the world – something worth celebrating loudly. Over many years the Museum has enabled hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren to learn about public transport and transport safety. As we approach the 150th anniversary of the Underground next year, this unique and valuable part of London’s heritage should be treasured and preserved, not squandered.

To see the full text of the letter – and to add your support to our campaign, visit the Facebook page ‘Save London Transport Museum’ and share it with yiour friends and colleagues.

To get involved in the campaign to save the museum, contact Mel Taylor, TSSA organiser: taylorm@tssa.org.uk or call 0773 819 5127.

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