Free bus travel enjoyed by Londoners for more than a month is coming to an end after ministers ordered TfL to start collecting fares.

Bus fares were scrapped on April 20th when passengers were banned from using the front door in a bid to shield drivers.

The emergency measure meant the card reader next to the driver's cab was out of bounds.

Bus fares contributed £95m to Transport for London's monthly income before the coronavirus outbreak.

The decision to reverse the fares amnesty was revealed by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in a written Commons statement outlining the government's £16bn financial rescue package for TfL.

The transport body was told to increase all Tube and bus fares in January by at RPI+1%.

We have also set a number of other conditions; restoring services to 100% of pre-Covid levels as soon as possible; requiring TfL to collect fares on buses while ensuring driver safety, which it had stopped doing during the crisis.


TfL said passengers could expect to be charged normal fares on some routes from Saturday.> The reinstatement of fares would be limited to London's 'New Routemaster' bus which already has a card reader at the middle door.> TfL is in discussion with bus workers' unions about how to safety roll out fares collection on all routes.> Covid-19 has claimed the lives of 43 TfL workers, including 29 bus drivers.