Richmond Park News: 2 October 2020
DELAY IN TAKING FREE BUS TRAVEL AWAY FROM UNDER-18 RIDERS
I thought my constituents would like to know that Transport for London Commissioner Andy Byford stated this week that the temporary removal of free travel for under-18s cannot be implemented until at least spring of next year. This has yet to be confirmed by the Government, but I cautiously welcome the news of this delay.
Obviously we want the proposal stopped entirely but at least young people can rely on free bus fares to travel safely throughout the winter.
I will continue to do all that I can to prevent the removal of free travel for under-18s going ahead as I know how beneficial it is to many children across the constituency.
HAMMERSMITH BRIDGE TASKFORCE UPDATE
The Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce has published an update on its progress. I was disappointed to see that local residents may have to wait until 2021 for a ferry service, although it is important that the necessary piers be erected safely and that the procurement process be done correctly. I would like this process to move more quickly, but I am satisfied that things are at least progressing. In the meantime, I will continue to liaise with TfL on bus improvements and other mitigation actions. You can read the task-force's full update at:
OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Breast Cancer UK has written to me to ask me to pass on advice to you about spotting the symptoms of breast cancer.
To see their simple and informative guide to checking for the signs of breast cancer: https://breastcancernow.org/sites/default/files/publications/pdf/touch_look_check_a5.pdf
If you have noticed any changes, or have any questions about breast cancer and want to speak to someone at Breast Cancer UK, call their helpline for free on 0808 800 6000.
If you have breast cancer, you can get support from one of their volunteers by using their Someone Like Me service.