Flexible Ticketing Plans

MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The news that my report, Home Works, has persuaded you to support flexible ticketing is very welcome. Could you tell me what you expect to see modelled, and later put to trial?


Answer for Flexible Ticketing Plans

Answer for Flexible Ticketing Plans

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes, this is one of those examples of the heroic work of GLA Conservatives who have badgered and browbeaten their way to victory here by securing my attention on this problem and getting - as I announced two or three months ago now - the prospect of flexible ticketing for part-time workers.  I think what you want to know is when you are going to see the exact modelling, and all that kind of thing.


The product itself will be in use from early next year.  I think I have already said January next year.  You can expect to see a lot more detail towards the end of this year.


Roger Evans AM (Deputy Chairman):  The reason that I am asking this question is that flexible ticketing gives TfL a wonderful opportunity not just to help the part-time workers, who you talked about, but also to encourage people who work from home for a couple of days during the week and, therefore, actually reduce some of the loading on our transport system and maybe provide alternatives to continuing to build greater capacity into it.  As you know with transport systems whenever you add extra capacity it encourages more people to use them.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Yes.  That is no reason not to add extra capacity by the way.


Roger Evans AM (Deputy Chairman):  The anti-road campaigners would argue differently.  I am merely saying what applies to roads applies to other ‑‑


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Are you an anti-road campaigner?


Roger Evans AM (Deputy Chairman):  No, I am not.  What applies to roads applies to other forms of transport.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Yes.


Roger Evans AM (Deputy Chairman):  Do you also recognise that flexible ticketing would encourage people to maybe come into work by cycling on Sundays and would help their health.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  One of the many benefits of the scheme you have heroically helped to secure, Roger, is that it will help cyclists.


Roger Evans AM (Deputy Chairman):  Thank you.