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TFL to invest millions in London buses

A London bus Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

TfL has announced a multi-million pound business plan for buses in the capital.

It includes hundreds of extra buses and 25 million pounds of investment into driver training.

Drivers will learn how to communicate better with customers and respond more quickly to their needs.

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Contactless payments go live today

From today, if you're travelling by Tube, train or tram in London you'll be able to use your bank card rather than having to top up your Oyster card. Transport for London say network-wide contactless payments- which have been operating on London buses since 2012- will reduce the time it takes for people to use the city's transport.

Underground contactless payments go live Credit: PA

Contactless payments work in the same way as Oyster cards, which are still valid. The new payment option, which is part of a range of improvements TfL is making for customers, means that there will no longer be any need to spend time topping up Oyster balances because fares are charged directly to payment card accounts.

Tube headquarters set for revamp

The overground embodiment of London's Underground Tube network is to undergo a mass transformation, transport bosses will announce today.

The Underground's historic home, 55 Broadway, is to be redeveloped into residential accommodation as part of plans by Transport for London (TfL) to generate more non-fare revenue.

Bosses expect the Grade I listed Westminster building, which has stood for 85 years, to be converted from offices into new retail units and residential space, including some affordable housing.

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Capitals proposed footbridge

Garden bridge connecting Temple to South Bank Credit: Garden Bridge Trust

The proposed bridge designed by Thomas Heatherwick CBE to accommodate pedestrians and backed by actress Joanna Lumley, would provide a new route connecting the north and south of the capital. Thomas Heatherwick CBE is also known for his design of the London 2012 Olympic cauldron

Mayor orders Transport for London to fund Garden Bridge

Figures have been released on the proposed footbridge connecting Temple with the South Bank. Known as the 'Garden Bridge', Boris Johnson has ordered Transport for London to provide funding for the bridge of up to £30 million. The annual cost of maintaining the bridge is estimated to be £2.5 million.

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