Transport for London has been urged to do more to encourage and support home working and to stop defining its success by the the number of passengers it carries.
A new report by the Conservative group on the London Assembly calls on TfL to offer part-time and home workers access to the same lower fares available to full-time season ticket holders.
The report suggests TfL either implement recommendations to offer a three-day Travelcard, or that it offers a rebate to season ticket holders who opt not to travel on weekdays.
Available to download, Home Works: Why London needs to expand home working calls on TfL to “think carefully about how to ensure that the way they operate – for example in terms of their ticketing policy – makes home working and more flexible working financially viable for Londoners”.
Publishing the report, Assembly Member Roger Evans said: “In my report I call for more flexibility on ticketing so that Londoners have the option of, for example, buying a three-day per week Travelcard.”
“This would make part-time working more affordable for commuters and should encourage those who are able to work from home to do so more often. Oyster technology means this can be easily achieved. It’s time for the Mayor and TfL to make it a reality.”
Responding to the report, Shashi Verma, Director of Customer Experience at TfL, said: “Whilst the Oyster ‘pay as you go’ with its daily fare caps supports those with flexible working patterns, under the existing ticketing system it is not possible to provide a part-time Travelcard.
Mr Verma said planned enhancements to the contactless debit and credit fares scheme recently introduced to the network would allow customers “to get a weekly cap taking away the need to buy a weekly ticket.”
He added: “The new Oyster software provides TfL with an ideal opportunity to review the range of ticketing products on offer, including the possibility of introducing a part-time Travelcard at some point in the future.”