- `Hopper' fare will allow transfer between bus services
- Low paid set to benefit most from change, new mayor says
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said “hopper” fares on the U.K. capital’s buses will be introduced in September, delivering on a pledge he made before his election last week.
Bus travelers will have one hour to make their journey and will be able to transfer to another service without having to pay a second fare, Khan said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday. Unlimited changes within an hour will be introduced by 2018.
“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,” Khan said. “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.”
Khan, whose father was a bus driver, said the move would particularly benefit people on low incomes, who rely on the bus system to travel to work.
There were 2 1/2 billion bus journeys in London in 2015, and an estimated 86 million travelers went on to take another bus within an hour. They will now not be charged for the second journey.