London Assembly Calls for Fairer Bus Fares

October 26, 2009 12:23 PM

The London Assembly yesterday overwhelmingly agreed a motion calling on the Mayor to explore a proposal to introduce a 'one hour bus ticket' to be available on 'Pay As You Go' Oyster Card.

The proposal, which would enable passengers to use more than one bus during a 60-minute period without paying more than £1.00, would be more affordable and convenient for Londoners using public transport.

Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington said of the motion, 'The current system is really unfair as pay as you go Oyster card users have to pay a new bus fare every time they change buses. You can switch from tube to tube using the same ticket so people should be allowed to do the same thing on buses.

Tom continued saying that 'One hour bus tickets would be a better deal for Londoners in outer borough, such as Carshalton and Wallington, who rely on buses rather than the tube. It could even lead to a reduction in the number of people using cars for shorter trips.'

The original motion was proposed by Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon.

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