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New Hopper fare to make journeys cheaper and easier from next Monday

PUBLISHED: 11:15 05 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:15 05 September 2016

The new fare is to be introduced on September 12

The new fare is to be introduced on September 12

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Some 30 million jouneys currently costing £1.50 are expected to become free

Commuters are set to enjoy cheaper and easier journeys with the introduction of the new Hopper fare next Monday (September 12).

The scheme, which will allow passengers to change onto another bus or tram for free within one hour of touching in at the start of their journey, will be automatically available to anyone who uses pay as you go with Oyster or contactless payment cards.

An estimated 30 million bus journeys currently costing £1.50 will become free every year after the fare is introduced.

Mr Khan said: “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. We must ensure that everyone can afford to travel around our city, and for people on low incomes, the cost of travel must never become a barrier to work or study.”

TfL is now working on providing unlimited bus and tram transfers within one hour, which is not currently possible due to technological constraints.

London’s transport commissioner Mike Brown added: “I’m delighted we have been able to deliver this key commitment to London by the Mayor swiftly, enabling us to better meet the needs of those Londoners who live or work in areas which aren’t as well served by Tube or rail services.”

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