Responding to reports that the deadline for talks to agree a new funding settlement for Transport for London (TfL) has been extended to 17 December, transport union TSSA calls on negotiators to “bring Christmas cheer”.
TfL’s current funding settlement runs out tomorrow – 11 December – and a new settlement had been expected. TfL has had a succession of short-term funding arrangements since covid decimated passenger numbers on the back of the government pulling central funding – the only country in the world to not fund its major city’s transport network.
TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes, said: “TfL staff and passengers are desperately waiting to hear some good news that their jobs and services will be there to keep our capital city running.
“We hope that this extension of talks will bring some much-needed Christmas cheer. There will be absolutely no Christmas cheer in another short-term deal for TfL.
“TfL needs a long-term, fair funding deal which protects and enhances our capital’s transport services. Anything less than that will be an utter betrayal by this government.”
*TSSA is the biggest trade union in TfL, representing staff right across the network.