Next time you’re on the bus to work and some slightly less well-organised person holds up the journey scrabbling for their change, breathe a sigh of relief for this may soon become an irritation of the past. TfL have launched a consultation on whether buses in London should become cashless, as only 1% of bus journeys are currently paid for with cash. They say that this will speed up journey times and save millions of pounds a year to be reinvested in the network.
But what about that awkward moment when your exhausted Oyster card produces the dreaded double beep? Contactless payment cards, launched in December 2012, have had their teething problems but could be an answer. TfL are also considering adding an emergency option which will take Oyster cards into negative amounts for one journey, to make sure people can get home safely. Katie Forster
Cashless buses – A clever idea or in danger of leaving people stranded in the cold? Have your say on TfL’s online survey, open until 11 October.