Almost 50 million journeys have now been taken using Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Hopper ticket which allows passengers to take a second bus at no extra cost within an hour of starting their journey.
Launched last September, the Hopper is available to anyone who uses pay as you go with a contactless bank payment or Oyster card.
Figures released by Transport for London show that around 300,000 qualifying journeys are being made every weekday, reducing the cost of travel for many Londoners including those on lower incomes who are more likely to rely on bus services to get around.
The ticket is due to be upgraded next year to allow unlimited journeys within an hour, a move TfL expects will boost bus passenger numbers and help reduce congestion.
Mayor Khan said: “The cost of transport must never be a barrier to study or work, and hitting 50 million journeys this week shows the difference the ‘Hopper’ is making cutting the cost of travel for Londoners all across our city.”
“Alongside our TfL fares freeze, the continuing success of the ‘Hopper’ will put money back into the pockets of millions of Londoners and encourage more people onto public transport, helping tackle congestion, and improving our city for everyone.”
Shashi Verma, Chief Technology Officer at TfL, added: “By helping Londoners save money while encouraging further use of buses and trams, we can help reduce congestion and make it easier for people to travel across London.”