Local Liberal Democrats launch campaign for one hour bus ticket

Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone, GLA member Caroline Pidgeon and local councillors last week launched a campaign to persuade the Mayor of London to introduce one hour bus tickets on local buses.

The scheme, which already exists in other European cities, would allow passengers to switch from bus to bus within an hour for a fixed cost of just one ticket.

A petition to support the campaign can be found on www.ourcampaign.org.uk/1hourbusticket or by phoning Lynne’s office on 020 8340 5459.

Lynne Featherstone MP comments:

“It’s really ludicrous that you have to pay for a new ticket every time you change bus. Getting the bus from say Highgate to Wood Green can cost you as much as £3, but if a ticket was valid for an hour, it would really help local residents, not least in these days of recession.

“And let’s face it – the current system is certainly not the best way to get people to swap their car for the bus. This is a brilliant idea and I hope that lots of local residents will show their support for the campaign by signing the online petition.”

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, adds:

“Bus travel should be treated the same as tube travel. You can already switch from tube to tube on the same ticket so it makes real sense to allow people to do the same with buses.

“One hour bus tickets already operate successfully in Paris, Rome and Brussels. It is time London caught up and gave buses users a fair deal.”