London’s iconic red busses will go entirely cashless from Sunday as Transport for London makes the switch to contactless technology.
The change effects all routes, and instead of cash travellers can use either an Oyster contactless card or a contactless payment card provided by their bank to pay the £1.45 pay as you go adult fare.
Those without enough credit on their Oyster card or if their Bus & Tram Pass or Travelcard has just expired, they will now be able to make one more journey on a bus before they have to top up their pay as you go credit before they can use your Oyster card again.
Mark Austin, director of mobile and contactless for Visa Europe, said: “London has had a long romance with the speed and convenience of the Oyster card and contactless payment cards are now bringing that same experience to our day-to-day shopping habits.
“Consumers are really embracing the use of contactless payment cards and across the UK, we already make around 20 million Visa contactless transactions each month. This popularity is set to grow even further as people get used to using their payment cards to pay on London Buses.”
Transport for London made the change after a public consultation revealed that 99 per cent of customers already use Oyster smart-cards, contactless bank cards or prepaid or concessionary tickets.