Lynne Featherstone

MP for Hornsey and Wood Green

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One hour bus ticket campaign

Was out campaigning in Wood Green over the Bank Holiday as part of a London-wide Liberal Democrat campaign to get a one hour Oyster bus ticket introduced – the idea being, you pay for one hour travel and can hop on and hop off as many different buses as you need during that one hour without having to pay for a new ticket each time:

(You can also watch this video on the YouTube website.)

It’s the sort of thing that’s popular and effective in many other cities. It’s also just the sort of policy that’s win all round: it would stop people being put off those journeys where at the moment you run up the costs by having to change a lot, so encouraging more bus use, but also by taking a little bit of traffic off our roads, it would help everyone else needing to use the roads too.

If you agree – do sign our petition at ourcampaign.org.uk/1hourbusticket

Tue 5 May 2009
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Comments

  1. Simon says:

    Unfortunately the jobsworths at TFL or whoever it is that makes such decisions do not see their role as one of assisting and facilitating the general public. They see themselves as controllers, there to make us do their bidding and conform to travel arrangements which they dictate and to hinder and obstruct anyone who thinks otherwise.

    It’s a recognisable trait across the whole public sector and until someone puts the whole lot of them in their place and reminds them in no uncertain terms that they are there to serve the public, not control it they will continue as they are at present. A few hundred sackings may help to focus their minds.

    Good luck with your campaign.

  2. dreamingspire says:

    TfL is planning to reduce the costs of operating the Oyster scheme. The major proposal is to move as many people as possible from the present Oyster PAYG method to a method operated jointly with the banks. This will use contactless bank payment cards (debit/credit), but in a partnership such that the daily cap still applies. Basically, charging your account with the bank or credit card company only happens overnight, so all of the journeys that you make during a day are taken into account, just as with Oyster PAYG’s daily fare cap. Pilot deployment is due before the Olympics.
    A one hour ticket requires rather different processing, but if restricted to bus travel is not too difficult to program, although it needs careful design of the rules first and carries significant risk with bendy buses (but they are disappearing). Brussels used to work like that (but very much on trust), but they are changing their system, so I don’t know how it works now.

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