Mayor: New hop­per bus ticket ‘is just the start’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

LON­DON­ERS us­ing mul­ti­ple buses can en­joy cheaper travel af­ter the newly-elected Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan an­nounced a £1.50 one hour ‘ hop­per’ bus ticket for com­muters.

The ticket, al­low­ing two jour­neys within 60 min­utes, would help those who rely on get­ting on more than one bus to work, those on lower in­comes should ben­e­fit most from the changes.

Mak­ing the an­nounce­ment on his sec­ond day in the job, his aim is to make travel more con­ve­nient for com­muters.

The change is due to come into place in Septem­ber, with nearly 90 mil­lion peo­ple ben­e­fit­ing from the new ticket.

Mr Khan said: “My dad drove the num­ber 44 bus and trans­port in Lon­don has al­ways been a big part of my life.

“The cost of a fare in Lon­don has risen for eight years in a row and now that I’m Mayor I am de­ter­mined to pre­vent the cost of travel from be­com­ing a bar­rier to work.

“The Hop­per fare will make life cheaper and eas­ier for mil­lions of Lon­don­ers, and will help en­sure that ev­ery­one will be able to af­ford to travel around the city.”

He added: “This is is just the start of my plan to en­sure that trav­el­ling around Lon­don is af­ford­able for ev­ery­one, a com­mit­ment that in­cludes a freeze on Trans­port for Lon­don (TfL) fares for four years – ben­e­fit­ing mil­lions of peo­ple.”

Orig­i­nal plans to in­clude un­lim­ited one hour travel were deemed as not pos­si­ble by TfL un­til they up­grade their tick­et­ing sys­tems next year.

Trans­port for Lon­don chief Mike Brown said: “This new op­tion will ben­e­fit a huge num­ber of our pas­sen­gers.

“For many peo­ple catch­ing more than one bus is the only way they can get from A to B.

“This fare will en­able us to bet­ter meet the needs of those Lon­don­ers who live or work in ar­eas which aren’t as well served by Tube or rail ser­vices.”

The idea was orig­i­nally raised by Lib­eral Democrats in 2009 who cam­paigned for a one hour bus ticket.

Com­ment­ing on the an­nounce­ment, Lib­eral Demo­crat Lon­don As­sem­bly Mem­ber Caro­line Pid­geon said: “The Lib­eral Democrats have been cam­paign­ing for a One Hour Bus Ticket for the best part of a decade in Lon­don.

“I wel­come our pol­icy be­ing adopted by Lon­don’s new mayor and hope that he will go fur­ther and also im­ple­ment our pol­icy for half price travel for jour­neys on the trans­port net­work be­fore 7.30am.”

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