Mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed that a new unlimited version of his flagship Hopper bus ticket, which allows passers to switch buses at no extra cost within an hour of starting their journey, will launch next year.
In addition to enabling passengers to make unlimited bus and tram transfers within one hour, the upgrade will also allow them to travel on a Tube or rail service in London between their bus or tram journeys, allowing them to make faster journeys while still benefitting from additional ‘free’ bus trips.
City Hall says it’s anticipated the new version will launch “in early 2018.”
The news comes as Mr Khan marked the first anniversary of the Hopper which has already been used to make more than 100 million journeys.
Bosses at Transport for London have previously said the ticket is changing how Londoners use the bus network, helping to change demand for specific routes while speeding up journeys.
Mr Khan, said: ‘I’m delighted that, a year after its launch, 100 million journeys have been made using our new ‘Hopper’ ticket.
“In allowing passengers to change buses for free within an hour, I’m proud that we’re cutting the cost of travel for thousands of Londoners all across the city.
“The cost of travel must never be a barrier to work or study, and with our TfL fares freeze and unlimited bus journeys within the hour planned from next year, we’re continuing to make public transport an easier and more affordable option for every Londoner.”
Shashi Verma, Chief Technology Officer at TfL, said: “To see more than 100 million journeys made using the ‘Hopper’ fare in just one year is testament to how beneficial this fare is to Londoners.
“It is helping Londoners save money while encouraging more use of public transport, which helps reduce road congestion.
“We want to make it even easier for people to use our services and are now working hard to enable our customers to benefit from unlimited ‘Hopper’ journeys within an hour in early 2018.”
The Hopper’s successful first year has also been welcomed by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, Caroline Pidgeon, who has long campaigned for a one hour bus ticket.
She also called on Mr Khan to address other longstanding passenger gripes, saying: “The Mayor needs to address the anomaly that there is a weekly cap if you use your contactless card but not for people paying on their Oyster card.
“Another vital change to fares would be the Mayor to implement the Lib Dem policy of half price travel for journeys on the TfL rail network that start before 7.30am.”
“A Mayor who is not ashamed to pinch policies from other parties will hopefully take up these much needed fare changes to help passengers in London.”