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Experts say going cashless is part of a 'seismic shift' in shopping habits

When asked about London buses going cash free from today Dave Hobday, Managing Director of Worldpay UK, the country's leading payment processing company has said the move is part of a wider shift.

We're on the cusp of a seismic shift in shopper behaviour, and predict that everyone from farmers markets to buskers will go cashless.

Contactless kills queues and means businesses never lose a sale during peak times.

– Dave Hobday, Worldpay UK

Ten years ago around 25% of journeys were paid for with cash, but now it's less than 1% .

Over 44,000 passengers a day use 'One More Journey'

In the last month over 44,000 bus passengers a day have used the 'One More Journey' feature introduced to ease the transition of buses going cash free.

It allows users to make one more journey should they not have enough credit on their Oyster card or if their travel card or pass has just expired.

Of those passengers, over 80% have topped up before making a further journey. As a result of this, cash fares dropped and so were only used for 0.7% cent of all journeys on London buses.

Passengers can make one more journey if they have run out of credit on their Oyster card Credit: PA

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Suspected lorry fire closes road in Piccadilly

St James Street in Piccadilly has been closed due to what is thought to be a lorry fire.

Transport for London has tweeted an update urging drivers to use alternative routes.

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A4 Piccadilly (eastbound) at the j/w St James's Street - Road closed due to a fire. Please use another route. http://t.co/uk5v0eJV3s

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BBC journalist Nick Eardley tweeted that the fire appeared to have spread to the lorry after starting underground.

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One more update on Piccadilly. Fire appears to have started under the pavement and spread to vehicle. Again, no suggestion of explosion.

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