Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Transport Spokesperson, joined up recently with Simon Hughes MP, Councillor Adele Morris and local party activists to campaign for the Mayor of London to introduce one hour bus tickets.
At the Elephant and Castle, near to the Metropolitan Tabernacle, bus users and local residents were urged to sign a petition calling for Boris Johnson and Transport for London to follow the example of other European cities by introducing bus tickets which would allow unlimited rides for a one hour period.
Later in the year Caroline Pidgeon will present the petition, which is gathering support across the whole of London, to Boris Johnson at City Hall.
Caroline Pidgeon said:
“You can already switch from tube to tube on the same ticket, so it makes sense to allow people to do the same with buses. One hour bus tickets would benefit a lot of people in Southwark.
"It really is unfair that people who use Oyster Pay As You Go have to pay a new fare every time they change buses, especially when the bus trips are just a few stops.
“One hour bus tickets already operate successfully in Paris, Rome and Brussels. It is now time London caught up with these cities. One hour bus tickets would also make bus travel very attractive to a lot people who often don't use the bus at present.”
Photo: Caroline Pidgeon, Simon Hughes MP, Cllr Adele Morris (Cathedrals ward) and local party activists collecting signatures for the One Hour Bus Ticket petition.