New figures show popularity of London Bus Hopper fare since launch
More than 368 million Hopper journeys have been made since its launch .
Three years since it launched in September 2016, new figures from Transport for London (TfL) show that more than 368 million journeys have now been made using the Mayor’s Hopper fare, with more than 450,000 ‘hops’ now being made each day.
Across the whole of London, eight boroughs saw over a million ‘hops’ made during the same eight-week period.
The Hopper fare allows passengers to make unlimited journeys on London’s bus and tram network for just £1.50 within one hour of touching in.
The service is automatically applied to the journeys of anyone who uses the same card or mobile device to pay as you go with a contactless payment or Oyster card, meaning savings for millions of people who live or work in or visit the capital.
London’s integrated bus service is designed to focus on price, quality of service and convenience. Whichever bus operator people use, they pay the same fare and use the same ticket.
Both TfL and the Mayor support wider calls by metro mayors for regional bus services to be devolved, giving more local control over route planning, fares policies and improving the quality and value of services for customers.
“London’s buses remain the most relied upon form of transport in the capital,” said Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.
“We’re delighted the difference this fare has already made to so many who live, work and visit London, and remain committed to ensuring public transport in London remains accessible and convenient for all,” said Claire Mann, Director of Bus Operations at TfL.
Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council, said: “But with growing pressure on the public transport network, we need alternatives to buses too. That’s why we’re calling on the government to support the Bakerloo Line extension, which will make travelling around Southwark, and London, even easier.”
Alongside committing to making all buses within the M25 zero emission by 2037, TfL and the Mayor are introducing seven new bus routes for residents across outer-London – the biggest investment in over a decade.
These seven new routes will make sustainable travel easier for outer London residents, helping to achieve the Mayor’s ambition of 80 per cent of trips made by bicycle, on foot or by public transport by 2041.