Croydon North MP Steve Reed has welcomed a new cheaper bus fare that will benefit thousands of bus and tram passengers in Croydon.
London’s Labour mayor, Sadiq Khan, promised to introduce a ‘hopper’ fare – providing two journeys for the price of one if they are both taken within an hour. The new fare will be introduced on Monday 12 September.
The new fare means passengers will be able to change, with no extra charge, to another bus or tram within one hour of touching in with their pay-as-you-go Oyster or contactless card.
It also means bus journeys to Croydon from central London will be cheaper, and TfL is now working on technology which will allow unlimited bus and tram transfers within an hour.
Croydon North MP Steve Reed said:
“This is a fantastic example of what a Labour Mayor of London can do for our city and for Croydon. It’ll make journeys cheaper, and encourage people to switch from cars to public transport.
“Transport fares have been too high for too long, as anyone travelling from Croydon knows. There’s much more to do – including re-zoning East and West Croydon stations and getting an extension to the tram network, but this is an important first step that will be welcomed across Croydon.”
Sadiq Khan said:
“From my first week as Mayor, I was determined to get on with the job of cutting the cost of transport in London.
“Fares in London have risen for eight years in a row – and for people who have to change buses to get to work, the system simply isn’t fair.
“The new ‘hopper’ ticket means 30 million bus journeys every year will now become free – journeys that currently cost people £1.50. Alongside our commitment to freeze all TfL fares, the start of the Hopper next Monday is a key part of our plans to make it more affordable to live and work in London.”