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Changes to Heathrow free travel zone

Old Nov 18, 20, 9:59 am
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Changes to Heathrow free travel zone

At the moment TfL buses around Heathrow are generally free. This includes many of the TfL buses that go from the terminals past a lot of the hotels near LHR. However, it seems from January this is changing as follows:

  • Some buses will no longer be free from January, with the remaining bus routes no longer being free from an unspecified date in 2021. No detail on how this is split.
  • TfL bus fares are a flat rate of 1.50, so any journey around LHR on a TfL bus will require you to tap in with an oyster or contactless card and will cost 1.50. This would include any landside inter terminal transfers using the TfL buses.
  • HEX and tube inter terminal transfer remain free. If you exit the tube at Hatton Cross or beyond you will be charged the normal fare.
  • Removal of staff discounts on TfL Rail & GWR from January.





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Old Nov 18, 20, 11:56 am
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heathrow withdrawing financial support. I wonder if it will come back as passenger numbers pick up.

Fortunately most of the hotels I go to are outside the free travel zone. This may make the doubletree more attractive for people

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Old Nov 18, 20, 12:11 pm
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Sad to see, but still beats using the dreaded Hoppas...
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Old Nov 21, 20, 7:53 am
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I expect bus fares will be more than 1.50 in January. Maybe 1.60 or even 2
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Old Nov 21, 20, 7:58 am
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I think atm it looks like a 2.6% increase in TfL fares in 2021.
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Old Nov 21, 20, 10:58 am
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A 2.6% increase on a 1.50 fare = 3.9p

TFL won't charge a 1.54 p fare but more likely 1.55. A 1.60 would be over a 6% increase which isn't going to happen.

But the 2.6% applies to the totality of the fare income rather than each and every fare.

So it's quite possible to leave the bus fare at 1.50 and increase other fares and passes by a slightly higher %.
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Old Nov 21, 20, 4:55 pm
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Originally Posted by UKtravelbear View Post

TFL won't charge a 1.54 p fare but more likely 1.55. A 1.60 would be over a 6% increase which isn't going to happen.

But the 2.6% applies to the totality of the fare income rather than each and every fare.

So it's quite possible to leave the bus fare at 1.50 and increase other fares and passes by a slightly higher %.
I guess also possible we'll see 1.60 and an increase in other fares and passes by a slightly lower %
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Old Nov 22, 20, 2:24 am
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I guess also possible we'll see 1.60 and an increase in other fares and passes by a slightly lower %
Yeh, the way the percentage has been applied in the past is that the overall 'basket' of fare increases achieves an overall % increase in income which allows for some variance on individual fares.

The interesting thing here though is with the TfL fare income so depleted, and expected to remain suppressed even if there is a new normal in 2021, will that permit above average fare increases in general in an attempt to cover some of the ground between what would have been normal in the past for overall revenue and what might be normal in the future...
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Old Nov 22, 20, 7:24 am
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This sucks. I've worked in the area for 10+ years and buses have always been handy to go from location to location on campus or, in the not-too-infrequent situations where the Piccadilly had given up on working, they were an efficient way to get to and from the terminals.
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Old Nov 22, 20, 11:19 am
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Unless I am missing something though, the buses will still be there and the service will be unchanged from what was offered previously, it's just that the subsidy that made certain journeys free has gone for the moment.
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Old Nov 22, 20, 11:23 am
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This will be an inconvenient nuisance for overnight transit passengers who might not have an Oyster card, etc. (and who might not want to convert some money into British pounds).
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Old Nov 22, 20, 11:38 am
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
This will be an inconvenient nuisance for overnight transit passengers who might not have an Oyster card, etc. (and who might not want to convert some money into British pounds).
For those with contactless credit cards, you can just use that card. From the TFL site:

If your bank card shows the contactless payment symbol, you can use it to pay as you go straight away. You'll pay an adult rate fare.
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Old Nov 23, 20, 2:14 am
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
This will be an inconvenient nuisance for overnight transit passengers who might not have an Oyster card, etc. (and who might not want to convert some money into British pounds).
TFL buses are cashless and so require some sort of contactless card.
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Originally Posted by UKtravelbear View Post
TFL buses are cashless and so require some sort of contactless card.

Or Apple / Android Pay of course.
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Old Jan 21, 21, 11:32 pm
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Looks like UKTravelbear's prediction of the bus fare rise to 1.55 was correct. To take effect from 1st March.
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