Cashless London bus system to be introduced this summer
TfL has made the announcement following a consultation in the summer
Londoners will have to make sure their Oyster cards are always in credit after Transport for London confirmed that the capital’s buses will be cashless from this summer.
The organisation predicts that the number of cash fares on buses will fall to less than 1 per cent this year – a drop from 20 per cent a decade ago - due to the widespread use of concessionary tickets, Oyster and contactless payment cards (CPC).
The move follows a consultation that ran last summer, to which 37,000 Londoners responded.
A third agreed that cash fares should be removed, with three quarters indicating that they do not pay for the bus using cash.
To combat criticism that a cashless system would affect vulnerable people and users in outer London where there are less Oyster top-up machines, TfL will introduce a ‘one more journey’ system.
This will allow passengers to use the bus if they have a positive balance on their card, but not enough for a single journey.
TfL has also pledged to review the Oyster Ticket Stop network to see if additional locations can be identified, particularly in outer London, as well as training its 24,000 bus drivers to ensure vulnerable passengers are dealt with in a consistent manner.
A public information campaign will alert the public of the changes, which TfL say is the cheapest option and will reduce delays by speeding up boarding.
According to TfL, cash payers will benefit from the £1 discount on fair for Oyster card and CPC users, while saving the organisation £24 million by 2020.
An exact date for the change has not yet been announced.
Watch Boris Johnson struggle after he's asked about TfL fare prices
- 1 The difference between a migrant and refugee, in one sentence
- 2 Miley Cyrus calls out hypocrisy of women’s nipples being taboo
- 3 Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Tila Tequila kicked off show after 'describing Hitler as a good man'
- 4 Watch the Supermoon live: How to see the brightest Moon of the year tonight
- 5 iPhone 5c to be discontinued, no iPhone 6c to replace it
Spain accused of 'provocation' after letting Russian submarine refuel off Gibraltar
The difference between a migrant and refugee, in one sentence
Allonautilus scrobiculatus: World's 'rarest' creature spotted for only the third time ever
Miley Cyrus calls out hypocrisy of women’s nipples being taboo
Bangkok Bomb: Thai police name Adem Karadag as suspect arrested over blast that killed 20
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
Stock up on canned food for stock market crash, warns former Gordon Brown adviser
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn voters most likely to believe 'world is controlled by a secretive elite'
£18000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Executive or Senior Sal...
£40000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This industry leading company produces h...
£20000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT provider for the educat...