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Transport for London has published the full agreement (pdf) for this month’s central government bailout, showing that it was conditional on London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, raising charges for drivers and scrapping free travel for older people and under-18s.

Khan has said throughout that the 30% increase in the congestion charge, and the removal of free travel on public transport, was insisted on by the Department for Transport as part of the £16bn bailout.

Some London Conservatives have disputed this, particularly Shaun Bailey, the Tory candidate for the now-delayed mayoral election, who has repeatedly portrayed the decisions as being Khan’s.

However, the seven-page letter from Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, to Khan which sets out the deal, makes the conditions clear.

One mandatory term is “the immediate reintroduction of the London congestion charge, Low Emission Zone and Ultra Low Emission Zone, and urgently bring forward proposals to widen the scope and levels of these charges, in accordance with the relevant legal powers and decision-making processes.”

The congestion charge, which had been suspended during the Covid-19 crisis, was reintroduced and will rise from £11.50 a day to £15 on 22 June. The emissions zones, intended to improve air quality, impose extra charges on particularly polluting vehicles.

The letter from Shapps also requires TfL to maximise space for workers on public transport by stopping free peak-time travel for over-60s, and all free travel for under-18s. Khan in particular wants the latter measure overturned.

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