Responding to the introduction of the new 'Hopper' bus fare by the Mayor of London, Cllr Julian Bell, London Councils executive member for transport and environment, said:
“Last year, London Councils, London TravelWatch and Trust for London commissioned a study into travel affordability in the capital, which found travel to work costs account for almost one tenth of a manual worker’s average annual earnings.
“It also found most people living in the capital were resigned to high travel costs, many were not using the quickest or best journey available to them and that one in five commuters from outer London cut other spending to pay for travel to work.
“The introduction of the ‘hopper’ bus fare by the Mayor of London, as well as the launch of the night tube service, is great news for Londoners and will mean 30m journeys that would otherwise have cost £1.50 will be free every year. It will particularly benefit those on lower incomes who spend a large amount of their earnings on essential travel costs, and are more likely to commute by bus.”
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Read more about the report and its findings here.