The one-hour London bus ticket is not a Labour invention
The near-certain Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate for 2016 has been campaigning for this form of targeted fare cut throughout most of Boris Johnson’s time as mayor.
It became a running theme of Labour’s London mayoral hustings for Christian Wolmar to say that fellow candidates had been so impressed by his policy ideas that they’d pinched them. An example was the one-hour bus ticket, which would enable passengers to use two or more different buses within a 60-minute time frame without having to pay a separate fare each time.
Congratulations to Wolmar, a distinguished transport commentator, for being the first among his fellow Labour hopefuls to propose this policy, and fair play to those of his rivals who’ve also supported it (or a weekend-only version), whether or not they’d have come up with the idea all by themselves anyway. It’s an attractive plan that would certainly help some Londoners on low incomes. But none of the Labour hopefuls is the first to suggest it as mayoral policy.
Source: Guardian Transport