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TRANSPORT & ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS

Accessibility of transport is impacting the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights of people in the UK. We partner with international, regional and local groups to campaign for fairer and more equitable transport in the UK.

New report: privatized bus system fails passengers and undermines rights

 On 8 January 2021, we wrote to Andy Byford, Commissioner of Transport for Transport for London (TfL). As a charity which monitors and advocates for economic and social rights in the UK, we asked TfL to review the £20 minimum automatic top up amount for Oyster cards using Pay As You Go. The minimum top up amount raises issues of unaffordability, inaccessibility and exclusion. It is not clear how the decision to set the minimum at this amount is in line with human rights standards, including equality and non-discrimination. Find out more here.

As a result of this pressure, TfL have committed to reduce the Auto Top Up limit to £10. But disappointingly the change is likely to be introduced in January 2022, because TfL tell London TravelWatch that they do not have the resources to do it before then. Find out more here

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Transport and socio-economic inequality

Just Fair asks Transport for London to review Oyster card minimum auto top up amount

On 8 January 2021, we wrote to Andy Byford, Commissioner of Transport for Transport for London (TfL). As a charity which monitors and advocates for economic and social rights in the UK, we asked TfL to review the £20 minimum automatic top up amount for Oyster cards using Pay As You Go. The minimum top up amount raises issues of unaffordability, inaccessibility and exclusion. It is not clear how the decision to set the minimum at this amount is in line with human rights standards, including equality and non-discrimination. Find out more here.


People on low incomes are struggling to afford public transport in the North East of England.

The Social Rights Alliance North East (SRANE) want to change this.

Social Rights Alliance North East launches its public transport listening campaign

People on low incomes are less likely to own a car and rely more heavily on public transport, particularly buses. Not being able to afford a bus, metro, or train journey means that people miss out on opportunities, struggle to access services and food, and feel more isolated. People access benefits as a last resort to stay afloat in times of hardship. But, high public transport costs are making it difficult for people to access every day goods and services, and increases inequalities.

SRANE has identified a need to reduce the cost of public transport for those on benefits and asylum support allowance in the North East. We are working to develop a campaign but want to hear more from you on what would be a useful reduction. Help us to understand more about the problems you experience in accessing buses and trains in the region by filling out our survey. You can read our briefing on the issue for more information

Follow @SRA_NorthEast for updates or email [email protected] to get involved.