Following my statement to the House on 25 February 2022, I am updating the House on a short extension of the current Transport for London (TfL) funding settlement that was due to expire on 24 June 2022 by 19 days to 13 July. This has been agreed by the Mayor of London.
Since the start of the pandemic, we have supported the transport network in London with nearly £5 billion funding through extraordinary funding settlements for Transport for London. We have recognised the reliance of London’s transport network on fare revenue, and government continues our commitment to mitigating loss of fare revenue because of the pandemic.
This extension to the current funding settlement is necessary in part due to the unsatisfactory progress made by TfL on its conditions, including pensions. Resolving these issues is an integral part of setting TfL on the path to financial sustainability, and government stands ready to engage constructively to reach a resolution. This extension ensures that they receive due attention, as well as allowing time for both sides to consider a longer-term capital settlement.
Government is committed to supporting London’s transport network as we have since the start of the pandemic, and is in discussions with TfL on a longer-term settlement. By rolling over the provisions of the existing agreement, the extension provides continued support to TfL and certainty to Londoners while we work with TfL on its emergency funding needs.
Support to TfL has always been on the condition that TfL reaches financial sustainability as soon as possible and with a target date of April 2023 and government continues to press the Mayor of London and TfL to take the decisions needed to put the organisation on a sustainable footing. I will update the House at my earliest opportunity on the details of any longer-term capital settlement.