The Hopper fare – a cheaper way to travel on two buses and trams in London – has already clocked up over 100 million journeys since its launch a year ago.
For £1.50, passengers can travel on one bus or tram then switch to a second one within an hour for free, meaning more complicated journeys are are cheap as straightforward ones. The fare is imposed automatically via contactless bank card or Oyster card payments.
Thanks to the success of the first year, Transport for London is testing new software that will enable unlimited bus and tram transfers within one hour, and include travel on a Tube or London rail services. This public transport breakthrough should hopefully be launched in early 2018.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says he's 'delighted' by the Hopper's first twelve months. "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," he says.
Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner for Campaign for Better Transport, also welcomes the news: "It's great that the 'Hopper' fare is making travel by bus cheaper and easier for even more people to get around London. Leaving the car behind and travelling by bus is a way for people to help reduce road congestion, improve air quality and make this a healthier city for everyone."