It is good to see so many bus companies now accepting contactless bank and credit cards for payment. These have rapidly become the norm for making retail purchases under £30 and I am sure passengers, drivers and backroom staff appreciate not having to deal with cash.

Some companies are going farther and trialling the use of contactless cards to tap-on and tap-off when alighting, with a consequential subsequent charge to the card being the fare that would have been paid.

As a further inducement, this is linked to a cap equivalent to the cost of a day (or even a weekly) ticket for the area travelled within but there is a lot to think about before such schemes become widespread.

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