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Buses to stop accepting cash

London bus drivers will no longer accept cash payment when new measures are introduced this summer.

Transport for London (TfL) has announced a raft of changes, including allowing passengers with insufficient Oyster card credit to travel for a whole journey before they need to top up.

London buses will soon only accept Oyster, contactless and tickets as payment Credit: Credit: PA

TfL said dwindling numbers of bus passengers using cash prompted the change, following a consultation in which it said 99% of customers already use Oyster, prepaid tickets, contactless payment cards or concessionary tickets.

Leon Daniels, managing director for TfL surface transport, said:

"The decision to stop accepting cash fares on London buses reflects the changing way that people pay for goods and services in our city, including journeys on the bus network. Paying with Oyster or a contactless payment card is not only the cheapest option, but also speeds up boarding times..."

"It costs #24 million a year to accept cash on London's buses and by removing this option we will generate significant savings which, like all of our income, will be reinvested in improvements to the transport network."

TfL will stop accepting cash fares on London buses in the Summer Credit: Credit: PA

Around three quarters of responses to the public consultation came from people who indicated that they do not themselves pay cash fares on the bus.

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Tube fares rise

London Underground sign. Credit: PA

Tube, bus and tram fares have gone up today.

Transport for London has increased the price of its services by nearly 3 percent on average this year.

Zone One pay-as-you go tube fares have gone up by 10p and a 7 day bus or tram pass now costs an extra 60p.

Urgent and thorough investigation into crash

At around 10:50 today a route 59 double deck bus, operated by Arriva, swerved to avoid another vehicle and struck a tree. The incident took place on Kennington Road near the Imperial War Museum SE1. Our first concern is, of course, for the driver, passengers and others involved in this incident and we can confirm the emergency services are in attendance. There will be a thorough investigation into this incident as a matter of urgency

– Mike Weston, TfL's Director for Buses

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Road closed after scaffolding crashes into bus in Fulham

At around 13:25 on Tuesday 26 November a route 414 double deck bus, operated by Abellio, struck scaffolding on Gonville Street near Putney Bridge Underground Station SW6.

There are no reported injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are currently assessing the safe removal of the bus and scaffolding until which time the road will remain closed.

There will be an investigation into this incident.

– Ken Davidson, TfL's Head of Bus Operations

Routes 39, 85, 93, 265, 270 and 414 are currently on diversion.

Union leader: tube strikes likely in new year

The leader of the RMT union, which represents workers on the Underground, has said that strikes are likely to be held in January.

The union intends to ballot its members for industrial action over plans to cut hundreds of jobs and close ticket offices across the tube network.

Bob Crow told LBC 97.3 that the union planned to strike for several days in the new year.

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