Over 6.5 million contactless bus journeys in 2013

Transport for London (TfL) is celebrating the end of its first year of contactless card acceptance across its bus service.

The city’s 8,500 buses have been accepting the cards since December 13th 2012, with the year to follow proving extremely successful for the new service. As it stands, a huge 6.5 million bus journeys have been paid for using American Express, MasterCard or Visa Europe contactless payment card, a figure that TfL has predicted is only set to rise throughout 2014.

Currently, around 1,300 contactless cards are used by London commuters each day.

Many consumers have praised the convenience that comes with using the service as it eliminates the need to carry an extra card for travel. It also means that running out of credit is no longer an issue, as well as ruling out carrying loose change with them each day.

The service is set to roll out across the London Underground, London Overground, DLR and trams within the next year.