Tube and Bus Transfer Fees

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Reference: 
2006/0406
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

In September, the Assembly Budget Committee's report, `Tube and bus fares`, recommended that the Mayor and TfL produce a full cost/benefit analysis of enabling transfer fares between buses, and between the tube and bus system. In November the Mayor responded to this recommendation under Section 60 of the GLA Act, stating that TfL is evaluating the likely costs and operational implications of such a scheme. and will provide the Assembly with the outcome of this when it is available. Will this evaluation be in the form of a comprehensive cost/benefit analysis, and when will its results be available to the Assembly?

Answer

Answer for Tube and Bus Transfer Fees

Answer for Tube and Bus Transfer Fees

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

The relevant section of the Mayor's statement in his letter to the Chair of the Committee last November under Section 60 of the GLA Act is as follows:

'If bus and Tube transfers within one hour were made free, the cost of a basic ride would need to rise significantly to maintain revenue. Around 38% of bus boardings are by passengers making a multi-bus journey and 12% of Tube passengers are transferring to or from bus.

At the present time, TfL does not consider that this proposal should be a priority given the other developments such as pay as you go on National Rail currently underway. TfL is, however, continuing to evaluate its likely costs and operational implications and will provide the Assembly with the outcome of this when it is available.'

Given the other priorities mentioned in the statement, TfL has no plans to produce a specific report or evaluation in the short-term.

In the meantime, the Oyster pay as you go one day cap is being frozen at 300p in January, providing a simple, cost-effective option for people needing to use several buses in the course of a day.