MQT on 2006-07-12
Session date: 
July 12, 2006
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Why has there been such a low proportion of the DE social and lower income groups switching to Oystercard, as shown in the Colin Buchanan report for the London Assembly's Budget Committee? This is counter to your argument that people on lower incomes will find the cheapest way to travel will you please comment?


Answer for Oystercard

Answer for Oystercard

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The data does not support the view that take-up of Oyster cards overall is skewed against the lower income groups.For example, C2DEs comprise around 37% of London's population. Around 40% of bus trips made by Oystercard holders (pay as you go, bus pass/travelcard on Oyster and Freedom pass) are by this group.As regards funding value for money options, the weekly Bus Pass is the ticket most widely used by those members of the C2DE group that are not eligible for free fares. This reflects its good value to them.A weekly Bus Pass costs £13.50. Many users make over 25 bus trips a week - and so pay under 60p a trip. For intensive bus users in the lower income groups, without a car in most cases, this ticket is a cheaper way to travel than pay as you go where fares are 80p or £1.00 per ride.For less intensive users, pay as you go provides best value, with significant ease of use benefits on the Tube an additional benefit. Amongst these users, pay as you go travel is building up rapidly and now accounts for around 11 per cent of all bus trips and around 17 per cent of all Tube trips.The majority of relatively light public transport users of this kind belong to the ABC1 social groups and this is reflected in the pay as you go user profile.