Hop­per tick­ets set to cut charges on Lon­don buses

Pas­sen­gers can travel on sec­ond bus within hour for free

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel

THE rev­o­lu­tion­ary ‘Hop­per’ ticket will ar­rive on Lon­don buses next week with the idea peo­ple will be able to make two jour­neys for the price of one.

It will mean Oys­ter card and con­tact­less users will touch in as nor­mal as they board a bus or tram and then do the same when board­ing a sec­ond bus, which will be free as long as it is within one hour from the start of a trip.

Just how re­al­is­tic that is de­pends on the day, time and des­ti­na­tion and will be­come a re­al­ity from Mon­day, when the spe­cial trans­port fare is in­tro­duced.

We have looked at seven po­ten­tial jour­neys that pas­sen­gers will be able to make by board­ing two buses within an hour for just £1.50, thanks to Mayor of Lon­don Sadiq Khan and Trans­port for Lon­don (TfL).

Lon­don Vic­to­ria to Streatham Com­mon us­ing the route 2 bus to Brix­ton and then chang­ing onto route 109 or 250 to Streatham Com­mon.

Shep­herd’s Bush Green to King’s Cross on bus 94 to Sel­fridges and then change for route 10 to Kings Cross.

Lil­lie Road, Ful­ham (Ful­ham Palace Road) to

The new ‘Hop­per’ ticket means 30 mil­lion bus jour­neys ev­ery year will now be­come free”

Wem­b­ley Cen­tral via Willes­den Junc­tion on bus 220 and then bus 18.

West Eal­ing to Lon­don Vic­to­ria via Shep­herd’s Bush us­ing bus route 207 then 148.

Houn­slow Cen­tral to Ruis­lip via Green­ford (Adri­enne Av­enue) on bus 120 then the E7 to Ruis­lip Sta­tion.

King’s Road Chelsea to Padding­ton on bus route 11 or 211 via Vic­to­ria sta­tion (Grosvenor Gar­dens) or 19 and 22 via Hyde Park Cor­ner then bus 436 or 36.

Chiswick High Road (at Turn­ham Green Church) to West­min­ster Bridge Road via Shep­herd’s Bush Green on the 237, then 148.

The ‘Hop­per’ fare is for pas­sen­gers switch­ing be­tween buses and trams.

TfL is look­ing to ex­tend the scheme in 2018 to al­low Lon­don­ers to catch un­lim­ited bus jour­neys within an hour, par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fi­cial for those on lower in­comes who rely on the bus and tram net­work.

There are high hopes this will all play a part in re­duc­ing con­ges­tion and pol­lu­tion in the cap­i­tal.

Mr Khan said: “I’m de­lighted to an­nounce that from next Mon­day, the ‘Hop­per’ ticket will al­low Lon­don­ers to change buses for free within an hour, cut­ting travel costs for mil­lions of bus users.

“Fares in Lon­don have risen for eight years in a row – and for peo­ple who have to change buses to get to work, the sys­tem sim­ply isn’t fair.

“We must en­sure that ev­ery­one can af­ford to travel around our city, and for peo­ple on low in­comes, the cost of travel must never be­come a bar­rier to work or study.

“The new ‘Hop­per’ ticket means 30 mil­lion bus jour­neys ev­ery year will now be­come free – jour­neys that cur­rently cost peo­ple £1.50.

“Along­side our com­mit­ment to freeze all TfL fares, the start of the Hop­per next Mon­day is a key part of our plans to make it more af­ford­able to live and work in Lon­don.”

Lon­don’s Trans­port Com­mis­sioner, Mike Brown, added: “I’m de­lighted we have been able to de­liver this key com­mit­ment to Lon­don by the Mayor swiftly, en­abling 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.”

n HOP ON: Mayor of Lon­don Sadiq Khan

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