Londoners make one million contactless bus journeys

visa_contactlessMore than one million London bus journeys have been paid for by contactless debit or credit card.

In December Transport for London added the ability for bus users to pay their fares via the cards, allowing passengers lacking an Oyster card or whose Oyster has insufficient credit to complete their journey without paying the higher cash fare.

According to TfL, passengers are paying for up to 10,000 journeys each day using the new technology.

The system is due to be expanded to the Tube, London Overground and DLR later this year.

Announcing the reaching of the first 1m contactless journeys, Shashi Verma, TfL’s Director of Customer Experience, said: “Enabling customers to use their contactless payment card on the buses removes the inconvenience of needing to top up an Oyster card or dig around for cash before making a journey.

“It is fantastic that we’ve already seen a million bus journeys made using a contactless payment cards and it’s a great sign that our customers are keen to benefit from this technology. We are now working hard to roll contactless payments out to the rest of the transport network.”