Commuters could get cash back if they cycle or walk to work

Many of London’s commuters could be in line to get cash back if they walk or cycle to work rather than using public transport.

The proposed scheme would see annual travel card holders offered a rebate on journeys they don’t make, or undertake by bike or on foot.

The plan, which was announced in a report by the London Assembly Tories, shows that a commuter with a zones 1-6 card, working from home or cycling or walking into work one day a week, could receive a £310.50 rebate.

The report estimates that commuters with a zones 1-3 annual travelcard, living in places like Ealing, Tooting and Newham, could get back as much as £207 once their ticket expires, according to the Evening Standard.

The London Mayor’s office said it would be interested to see more detail on how the plans would work.

Report author Roger Evans said: “These annual commuter refunds will encourage regular cycling and walking, and put cash back into your pocket for making those healthy choices.

“We have a once in a generation opportunity to fundamentally reform our patterns of work and how we travel.”

A spokesman for Boris Johnson said: “The Mayor sees clear benefits in flexible ticketing and has asked TfL to introduce such arrangements from next year.

“As for cash rebates, this is an idea from GLA Conservatives that he notes with interest. He would welcome more detailed proposals as to how such a scheme would work in practice, which he would then be more than happy to discuss further with TfL.”

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