Wednesday, 14 September 2016

London Buses' Ticketing & latest TfL Contract awards

One hour London bus ‘Hopper’ fare

The much mooted one hour London bus ‘Hopper’ fare began on 12th September.
Travelling on a bus in London became cheaper and more convenient for millions of Londoners as the one hour ‘Hopper’ fare began on Monday 12th September.
The new fare means an estimated 30m bus journeys currently costing £1.50 becomes free every year.
It allows passengers to change onto another bus or tram for free within one hour of touching in at the start of their journey. It is automatically given to anyone who uses ‘pay as you go’ with Oyster or contactless payment cards.
Using the ‘Hopper’ fare, passengers can make extended journeys across London for just £1.50 for a standard adult fare if the second journey begins within an hour. These include:
  • Victoria Station to Wembley Stadium using the Route 16 to Edgware Road station and then changing onto a route 18 to Wembley Central station.
  • London Bridge to East Croydon using the route 133 to Streatham and then changing at Streatham Hill station onto a 109 to West Croydon.

The fare is also be given to passengers switching from bus to tram, tram to bus or tram to tram within an hour as well.

TfL says it is now working on delivering unlimited bus and tram transfers within one hour, which is not currently possible due to limits with the existing technology. Plans are for Transport for London (TfL) to deliver unlimited bus and tram journeys in an hour from 2018.
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 is a key part of our plans to make it more affordable to live and work in London.
– Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

In addition to this, from 2018, passengers who travel on a Tube or train between their two or more bus or tram journeys will also be eligible for the Hopper fare.
The ‘Hopper’ fare will further encourage people across London to switch from their cars back to public transport – helping reduce congestion and harmful pollution.

London already has Europe's largest fleet of hybrid buses and both the Mayor and TfL are committed to further reducing vehicle emissions through new ‘Low Emission Bus Zones’ and procuring only hybrid or zero-emission double-decker buses from 2018.

And now the latest TfL contract awards:
308   (Wanstead Station & Clapton) Retained by Tower Transit and converted from mixed single and double-deck to full double-deck with new Euro-VI hybrid double-decks.

309   (Canning Town & Bethnal Green) Retained by CT Plus using existing fleet Euro-V diesel single-decks plus one new Euro-VI single-deck.
W11 (Walthamstow Central Station & Chingford Hall Estate) Awarded to CT Plus with new Euro-VI diesel single-decks. Currently operated by Arriva London North with ADL E20D Enviro200 single-decks from Edmonton (EC) Garage.
W12 (Coppermill Lane & Wanstead Station) Retained by CT Plus using existing fleet Euro-V diesel single-decks.
W13 (Leytonstone & Woodford Wells) Retained by CT Plus with six new Euro-VI diesel single-decks and one existing fleet Euro-V diesel double-deck.
W14 (Leyton & Woodford Bridge) Retained by Tower Transit using existing Euro-V diesel single-decks.

W15 (Cogan Avenue Estate & Hackney) Retained by Tower Transit using existing fleet Euro-V diesel single-decks.
W16 (Chingford Mount & Leytonstone Station) Awarded to CT Plus with new Euro-VI diesel single-decks (pvr from 8 to 9). Currently operated by Go-Ahead London General with ADL E20D Enviro200 single-decks from Northumberland Park (NP) Garage.