Bus stops in Woolwich Town Centre are some of the most popular in London for those using bus hoppa fares with 5,800 journeys now utilising it each week.
The number of journeys from Woolwich exceeds other busy spots in London such as Hammersmith (5,300), Camberwell (4,600) and London Bridge (4,500). Brixton is top in London at 7,800.
For those who don’t know what the hoppa is, it allows passengers to change buses within an hour and pay no extra cost beyond £1.50.
So you could tap in, take a 50 minute trip, get off, and tap in 9 minutes later for another 50 minute trip and still pay no more as only tap-ins count.
The scheme was introduced two years ago and at first only two trips were possible, but since January you can tap away as many times as you want in an hour and pay no more than £1.50.
Unlimited travel within a set time for the cost of one trip is very common in other countries. I’ve used it abroad a lot, and in cities like Barcelona it can also be used on the Metro. Polish cities do similar, to give another example.
On a personal level, since its introduction in London I’ve greatly increased my use of buses and saved a decent chunk amount of money. But I’ve noticed many still seem not to know about the scheme.