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Campaigners have called for those over the age of 60 to be given free travel in London when the new Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) expansion comes into effect this October. They have called for Transport for London’s 60+Oyster card scheme to be expanded to cover a wider population.

This card allows free travel on buses, Tubes, London Overground, DLR and TfL rail services in London.

Cardholders can travel for free on TfL services from 9am on weekdays and anytime at weekends and on bank holidays.

However, cardholders must live in a London borough to get access to the card which excludes those who live just outside the capital.

Campaigners claim “not everyone can afford to change” their cars or use expensive public transport.

They are calling for the cards to be issued to everyone within the M25 in a “fairer” solution for those who live nearby.

The poll said: “Not everyone can afford to change their cars nor can all 60+ afford to travel on public transport.

“Currently, only Greater London Borough residents are eligible for a 60+ Oyster card.

“I feel this should be made available to all within the M25 band to promote healthier safer and fairer London.

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“This would allow more 60+ to be active and healthier.

“Please give your support and sign this petition so we can bring a change whilst promoting a cleaner healthier London for all.”

So far over 18,000 people have signed the petition just weeks after its launch.

Change.org said the poll needed just another 7,000 signatures to become one of the most signed polls on the site.

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