Cheaper bus fares on horizon in London

London buses

On his first day on the job, Sadiq Khan may have already started to make good on his pledge to be the 'greenest Mayor London has ever had' by announcing cheaper public transport for many citizens.

After taking the bus to City Hall, Khan confirmed that a 'Hopper' fare – which allows passengers to make an second bus journey for free within one hour of touching in on the first bus with an Oyster or contactless payment card – will be introduced in September.

This will mean an end to paying two fares when changing buses for the majority of passengers.

Once ticketing technology has been upgraded in 2018 or sooner, Transport for London (TfL) intends to allow unlimited bus transfers within one hour, while Khan also plans to put a four-year freeze on TfL fares.

He says: "My dad drove the number 44 bus and transport in London has always been a big part of my life. 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."