London's Hopper fare used for over 100m journeys since its launch in 2016
New figures from Transport for London (TfL) have revealed more than 100m journeys have been made using the Mayor of London’s Hopper fare - a year on from its launch.
After becoming operational on September 11, 2016, the fare has enabled passengers to make a £1.50 pay-as-you-go bus or tram journey and change onto another for free within an hour of starting a journey.
Around 325,000 journeys are now being made every weekday using the Hopper fare, and its continuing success should encourage Londoners to switch from their cars back to public transport, which supports the Mayor’s campaign to make the capital a greener city.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, commented on the news: “I’m delighted that 100m journeys have been made using our new 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.
“The cost of travel must never be a barrier planned from next year, we’re continuing to make public transport an easier and more affordable option for [everyone].”
Following the Hopper’s success, TfL is now testing new technology that will allow customers to take unlimited bus and tram transfers within one hour - something that isn’t possible with the current system.
This service will eventually allow passengers to travel on a rail service or the London Underground between their two or more bus or tram journeys. Customers can expect to see these changes in early 2018.
Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “Making travel within the capital more affordable is a boost to businesses looking to recruit and retain the employees they need to succeed.
“The Hopper fare has been a welcome innovation and we look forward to seeing unlimited journeys within an hour as early as possible next year.”
The introduction of this ticket includes a four-year fares freeze on all TfL services, which came into force in January 2017. Lianna Etkind, public transport campaigner, said it is a great way to “help reduce congestion, improve air quality and make [London] a healthy city.”