UK transport body Transport for London (TfL) has announced that from 6 July, all of its London buses will be cash-free, with commuters no longer being able to use cash to pay for bus fares. Commuters will instead pay for their fares with an Oyster card or a contactless payment card.
The long-anticipated move brings to fruition TfL’s efforts to haul its infrastructure into the 21st century following pilot schemes with employees, stakeholders and other vested interests. Since December 2012 commuters in London have been able to use contactless cards to pay for journeys on all of London’s 8,500 buses. Later in 2014, contactless payment cards will also be accepted on Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London. TfL’s system is also capable of accepting suitable mobile payment applications, payment stickers and tags. In 2013, London buses made over 2.4 billion journeys for the first time since 1959.