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.
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.
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