Cashless Buses

MQT on 2004-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2004
Question By: 
Lynne Featherstone
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You intend to "take cash off the buses by the beginning of 2006". Are you likely to be as successful in implementing this pledge as you were in fulfilling your commitment to put bus conductors on them?


Answer for Cashless Buses

Answer for Cashless Buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL and I foresee no reason that a London-wide `Pay-Before-You-Board" zone could not be introduced by the beginning of 2006. Currently fewer than 14% of passengers buy tickets on the bus. This is continuing to decline, as passengers become increasingly aware of the more convenient and better value off bus ticket products that are available. I have said that I would like to see more conductors on London"s buses. However, having looked at the costs and benefits I have accepted TfL advice that it is more cost-effective to pursue other initiatives to improve reliability and journey times, such as extra bus priority measures and taking cash payment off the bus, and the introduction of Oyster cards.