London’s trial for off-peak Friday fares on public transport to launch on 8 March 2024

Posted: 4 March 2024 | | No comments yet

Mayor Sadiq Khan’s trial aims to assess the impact of off-peak fares on Tube and rail journeys, potentially boosting ridership and aiding London’s economic recovery.

London's trial for off-peak Friday fares on public transport to launch on 8 March 2024

Beginning on 8 March 2024, Londoners will witness the commencement of a pivotal trial initiated by Mayor Sadiq Khan. The trial aims to assess the viability and implications of implementing off-peak fares for public transport journeys on Fridays.

The Mayor of London’s decision to introduce this trial underscores the city’s commitment to exploring innovative strategies aimed at enhancing public transport accessibility and stimulating economic activity. The trial, scheduled to last for three months until 31 May 2024, represents a concerted effort to understand how adjusted fare structures might influence ridership patterns and contribute to London’s post-pandemic recovery.

During the trial period, pay-as-you-go journeys utilising contactless payment systems and Oyster cards, excluding trips to or from Heathrow Airport via Zone 1, will benefit from off-peak fares. This inclusive approach ensures that a wide spectrum of commuters will gain from the revised fare system.

Furthermore, adjustments to the daily fare cap during the trial seek to offer additional savings to frequent travellers navigating London’s extensive transport network on Fridays. To finance the trial, £24 million has been allocated from the Mayor’s budget, reflecting a shared commitment to mitigating revenue shortfalls for Transport for London (TfL) and rail operators.

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In addition to fare adjustments, the trial extends benefits to London’s senior citizens, granting them expanded access to free travel on Fridays before 09:00. Such measures underscore the city’s dedication to fostering inclusivity and supporting its elderly population.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Encouraging more people back into the city on Fridays could give a much-needed boost to the hospitality, business and leisure sectors, supporting London’s wider economic growth as we continue to build a fairer, greener and more prosperous London for everyone. So, I’m making a call to all Londoners: to help London keep roaring back – Let’s Do Fridays!”

Shashi Verma, Chief Technology Officer at TfL, said: “While millions of people travel using bus, Tube and rail services across London every day, we are still seeing ridership on Fridays, particularly during peak hours, being lower than other days of the week.”

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