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Londoners hop on to free second trips

More than ten million Hopper journeys have been made since the fare was launched last month.

The ten millionth Hopper journey was made on bus route 332 - which runs from Brent Park to just behind Paddington station.

The Hopper gives passengers a free second journey when they change bus or tram within an hour, saving customers £1.50 each time.

Around 200,000 Hopper journeys were also made on the London Tram network in south London. With 80,000 switching from a bus to a tram and 65,000 changing from a tram to a bus.

The most popular bus to hop onto is route 18, which runs from Sudbury & Harrow Road station to Euston station.

The free journey is automatically given to anyone who uses pay as you go with a contactless bank payment or Oyster card.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said: 'I'm delighted that the Hopper fare is making such a big difference to the lives of Londoners.

'We must ensure that everyone can afford to travel around our city, particularly people who rely on public transport to get to work or to study.

'Ten million journeys so far exceeds all my expectations, and the amount of people using the Hopper shows how vital our buses are to the lives of Londoners all across our city.

'Alongside our commitment to freeze all TfL fares, our Hopper fare is a crucial part of our plans to make it more affordable to live and work in London.'

TfL is working on the technology to offer unlimited bus and tram transfers within one hour, with plans to deliver this by 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.


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