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Sadiq Khan's one-hour 'hopper' bus ticket launches on Monday

Sadiq Khan's one-hour 'hopper' bus ticket launches on Monday

Since Sadiq Khan became mayor back in May, he's been making our lives that little bit better by sorting out our transport system bit by bit. The sweaty Routemasters now have openable windows, the night tube is actually a thing, and now he's officially launching the 'hopper' bus ticket, which will be in use from Monday September 12.

The 'hopper' ticket means you can take two bus journeys for the price of one within an hour. TfL doesn't currently have the technology to allow the ticket to provide unlimited bus journeys within the hour, but the plan is to make this happen by 2018.

You won't need to specifically buy a 'hopper' ticket – it'll be automatically given to anyone who uses pay as you go with Oyster or contactless payment cards. The ticket is also valid on trams, and from 2018, you'll be able to use it even if you get a tube between your two buses. According to the mayor's office, the new initiative means that an estimated 30 million annual bus journeys in London will now effectively become free. Nice one, Sadiq.

Photo: Lee Nichols

In other news, you can't hop on or hop off on London's Routemaster buses any more

And London buses are getting slower every year




Thomas M

Do both journeys have to be completed within an hour or do both journeys have to be commenced (touched in) within the hour? I assume the latter. The one question people will have an your article fails to answer!

Thomas S

A rare good news story about fares on British public transport. I have 'pressed' this on to my London transport themed website,