Londoners can now make unlimited bus and tram journeys within an hour for the price of a single fare, after an upgrade to Mayor Sadiq Khan’s popular Hopper ticket.
First launched in September 2016, and one of Mr Khan’s key manifesto commitments, the Hopper initially allowed passengers to switch bus or tram once within an hour of starting their journey.
From today they’ll now be able to complete their journey by taking an unlimited number of buses and trams within the hour.
More than 140 million Hopper journeys have been made and Transport for London bosses have previously credited it with changing how Londoners use the bus service, for example instead of waiting for their preferred bus and travelling direct to their destination, many passengers now take the first bus available knowing they’re able to change mid-route without incurring a second fare.
Mayor Khan said: “I’m delighted that from today thousands more Londoners will be able to benefit from our landmark Hopper Fare.
“The Hopper has been a huge success so far with over 140 million journeys, and from today Londoners will be able to change buses as many times as they want in an hour – whether commuting to work, or popping to the shops and back.
“The previous Mayor said it couldn’t be done, but alongside my TfL fares freeze, the expanded ‘Hopper’ is a key part of my commitment to make London a more affordable place to live and work.”
Shashi Verma, Chief Technology Officer at TfL added: “The Hopper fare has already helped millions of people travel for less, and thanks to these latest improvements to our ticketing system, we can now offer even more affordable journeys to customers.
“This is one of the many ways that we are trying to make life in London easier and encourage people to leave their cars at home in favour of less polluting public transport.”