One hour bus ticket will make bus travel easier and cheaper

The one-hour London bus ticket is not a Labour invention, as has been a prominent proposal of the capital’s Liberal Democrats for at least six years. It was included in Brian Paddick’s mayoral manifesto in 2012 and has been conspicuously campaigned for since 2009 by Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrats' London Assembly member and candidate in the 2016 London Mayoral election.

Over the years Caroline Pidgeon has said that: "One hour bus tickets already operate successfully in Paris, Rome and Brussels. It is time London caught up." One hour bus tickets would also make bus travel very attractive to a lot of people who often don’t use the bus at present.


One hour tickets could even lead to a shift away from people using their cars for short trips and help to reduce congestion across London. Caroline said: "You can already switch from tube to tube on the same ticket, so it makes real sense to allow people to do the same with buses. It really is unfair that people who use Oyster pay as you go have to pay a new fare every time they change buses.  Introducing free connections would finally allow some kind of rational redesign of the bus network.

The present Mayor of London does not agree, a spokesman for Boris Johnson said the scheme was too "complex and expensive" to introduce and would "only benefit a small number of passengers as the majority of bus users in London pay for journeys using pre-paid season tickets or concessionary passes." 

The one-hour bus ticket coming into existence is something for the next mayor to sort out. If it brought in by a Labour mayor as The Hopper, no doubt credit will be given where it’s due.

Additional reading:

The one-hour London bus ticket is not a Labour invention, Guardian, 20 August 2015

London reconnections writes that beginning of 2013 a new system of transfer tickets, issued when passengers have been inconvenienced by short termination of a route, are temporally vouchers, rather than route limited – each transport voucher is printed with the time it was issued and is valid for one bus journey within sixty minutes of issue. Rather curiously it does now mean that there is, technically at least, a valid “one hour bus ticket” of sorts in circulation on TfL's network. Shashi Verma, TfL’s Director of Customer Experience is keen to emphasise the differences: "It is not a ‘one hour bus pass’, it is a slip of paper indicating a journey has been disrupted before a destination has been reached."

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