The easing of some lockdown restrictions has prompted the increase in the number of travellers which has led to the reintroduction of bus fares.
Since the 20th of April passengers were not required to present their payment cards in order to keep bus drivers safe from the coronavirus. Twenty-nine London bus drivers have already died after being infected with coronavirus, according to TfL.
The Transport for London (TfL) declared that the payment of bus fare in specific routes in London will be initiated this weekend. Bus travellers on 85 routes will have to touch-in a contactless, Oyster or concessionary card when they board.
They mentioned that announcements and signs will be placed on bus doors to tell passengers when they need to touch in. Passengers will be encouraged to avoid unnecessary use of public transport despite the easing of lockdown restrictions to enable social distancing.
TfL’s director of bus operations Claire Mann said: “We have made changes that allow customers to touch-in safely on 85 bus routes served by more than a thousand buses.
“This, added to the increased services that we are now able to provide, will help social distancing wherever possible and give us a more accurate picture of the number of customers so that we can plan, and if necessary adjust, the bus network more effectively.”
It will be rolled across all buses in the UK gradually to protect bus drivers.