Congestion charge may be rescinded for cancer patients

Cancer patients travelling into central London for treatment may soon be exempt from paying the congestion charge after lobbying by Macmillan Cancer Relief.

Transport for London launched a consultation following lobbying by the charity of Greater London Assembly members, London MPs and Mayor Ken Livingstone.

Macmillan met the mayor on a number of occasions and the charity is now hopeful that a 'variation order' will be introduced for cancer patients.

"Ever since the charge was introduced, we have argued that cancer patients are too ill to use public transport," said a spokeswoman.

A Transport for London spokesman said: "TfL is currently preparing a report on the consultation that will be presented to the Mayor following the elections in June. No decisions will be made ahead of the elections."

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