The London Liberal Democrats toured a range of London boroughs on Wednesday 30th March in a campaign bus to launch their fares package for Londoners.
The Fairer Fares package proposes Six Ways To Save, one of which is a One Hour Bus Ticket that will allow people to hop-on and hop-off buses as many times as needed within one hour, paying only one single fare.
The scheme works successfully in several European cities ensuring that multiple journeys on one of the most popular forms of transport are kept as low as possible. From the moment an Oyster card is touched, or a paper ticket is printed, passengers would have 60 minutes in which to make additional journeys without any extra cost.
London Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick said: “Our Fairer Fares package, including the One Hour Bus Ticket, is a realistic and fully costed proposal that targets fare reductions at passengers who need them most.
“Ken Livingstone’s pledge to reduce fares by 7% is irresponsible. He wants to use money earmarked by TfL for capital projects that if spent, would be a serious threat to bus services and Tube upgrade programme.
“I’m committed to keeping fares as low as possible, offering discounts for those who travel out of peak hours, bringing in a part time travelcard and ending the scandal of Oyster overcharging – sensible money saving policies.”
Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and candidate for Deputy Mayor, Caroline Pidgeon said: “This will make a huge difference to the thousands of Londoners who rely on buses to get around.
“It’s just not fair that you can switch tube lines for free but you have to pay twice to change buses.
“The Liberal Democrats are determined to make life easier for Londoners, not by promising unrealistic fare cuts but with practical, affordable help for those who need it the most.”