Cashless Bus Travel (Supplementary) [8]

Session date: 
September 13, 2006
Question By: 
Sally Hamwee
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I will deal with it fairly briefly because I think you have covered most of the ground already, Mayor. John Biggs (AM) talked about 'dragging people kicking and screaming to buy Oyster cards.' Is it a lot of use advertising if, in practical terms, they find it difficult to get hold of Oyster Cards, because of the outlets not being there? I am thinking particularly of areas which are not well served by the Tube.

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Answer for Cashless Bus Travel (Supplementary) [8]

Answer for Cashless Bus Travel (Supplementary) [8]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

One of the reasons we have not proceeded as I hoped, earlier this year, to abolish cash is that we have not been able to get an effective network across the whole of the city. If we were to abolish cash on the bus, you would have to have a situation where virtually within a two, three or five minute walk of your home you could go into a shop where you could get an Oyster Card, and that is not the situation. Therefore, I cannot, in the short-term, see cash being abolished until we get a much more expensive network of outlets.