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Mayor celebrates six months of the ‘Hopper’ fare

Mayor celebrates six months of the ‘Hopper’ fare - making bus travel cheaper for millions of journeys in the capital

  • The ‘Hopper’ bus fare was launched on 12 September 2016 and saves Londoners £1.50 when they change onto another bus within an hour
  • 50 million ‘Hopper’ journeys expected to be hit this week, six months after its launch
  • Mayor says he is ‘delighted and proud’ about the success of the ‘Hopper’ so far
  • Brent Cross station is the most popular ‘hopper’ location, with 12,000 ‘hops’ in February alone

Six months after its launch, the Mayor of London’s ‘Hopper’ bus fare is expected to hit its 50 millionth journey this week, new figures from Transport for London (TfL) show.

The fare, which was introduced on 12 September 2016, enables passengers to take a £1.50 bus or tram journey and then change onto another bus or tram for free within one hour of starting their journey. It is automatically given to anyone who uses pay as you go with a contactless bank payment or Oyster card.

On average – around 300,000 ‘Hopper’ journeys are being made every weekday, with the most popular bus stop to ‘hop’ on still at Brent Cross Shopping station, where more than 12,000 ‘hops’ took place during February alone.

The continuing success of the ‘Hopper’ fare will help to encourage people across London to switch from their cars back to public transport – supporting the Mayor’s wider campaign to clean up London’s toxic air. With the Mayor cleaning up London’s bus fleet, passengers using the bus can help to reduce emissions, while reducing congestion on London’s roads. The ‘Hopper’ is of particular benefit to Londoners on lower incomes who rely on bus services to get around.

Analysis of the last six weeks shows that the most popular bus to ‘Hop’ onto is Route 18, which runs from Sudbury & Harrow Road station to Euston Station via Kensal Green, with more than 74,000 ‘hops’ during February alone.

Other popular routes for passengers using the ‘Hopper’ fare include:

  • The Route 25 from Oxford Circus to Ilford, which saw more than 60,000 ‘hops’ in February
  • The Route 73 from Victoria to Stoke Newington, which saw more than 48,000 ‘hops’ in February

Brent Cross Shopping station is the most popular single ‘hopper’ location with 12,000 ‘hops’ taking place during February. The bus stops outside Woolwich Arsenal station and outside Brixton station were both hugely popular during February, with 12,499 and 11,356 ‘hops’ respectively. Over 20,000 ‘hops’ took place from bus stops around Elephant and Castle during February.