A modest enough gesture but welcome nonetheless. Mayor of London Boris Johnson has introduced a new scheme which means war veterans can now travel free on public transport in the capital. All war veterans in receipt of a pension under the War Pensions Scheme or the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme are eligible for passes. An estimated 3,000 war veterans, war widows and widowers living in and around London are not currently eligible for a freedom pass, because they are too young, and will benefit from the Veterans Concessionary Travel Scheme. On average, they are expected to save around £200 each a year.

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