Hopper tickets set to cut charges on London buses
Passengers can travel on second bus within hour for free
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