Mayor Sadiq Khan announced the ‘Hopper’ fare will come into effect on September 12
The new fare will apply to any second bus journey made within an hour of the first.
Bus passengers in London will soon be able to make a second journey free of charge as part of a major fare shake-up.
The mayor’s office estimates that 30 million bus journeys, currently costing £1.50 per passenger, will be made this way. The fare, which will be available to all pay-as-you-go users, will also apply to passengers switching from bus to tram, tram to bus or tram to tram within an hour.
Transport for London (TfL) is now updating its technology so passengers can make unlimited transfers within an hour. The update, which will be ready for 2018, will also allow passengers who travel on a Tube or train between their two or more bus or tram journeys to claim a Hopper fare.
The idea of a one-hour London bus ticket has been around since at least 2009 when the Liberal Democrats gained unanimous support amongst London Assembly members for the proposal. The move was blocked by then mayor Boris Johnson. A one-hour bus ticket also appeared on Brian Paddick’s 2012 London mayoral manifesto.
In November 2014 Johnson said that allowing free pay-as-you-go transfers within an hour would result in lost income for TfL of “up to £50 million”.
At the time, TfL’s overall fare income from all transport modes was about £4.6 billion. TfL also previously said that such a scheme would require “a significant and costly upgrade of the Oyster system”.