TfL Introduces ‘One More Journey’ Option On Buses This Weekend

Image by Shane Walter in the Londonist flickr pool.

Image by Shane Walter in the Londonist flickr pool.

When TfL announced its plans to make all buses cashless starting on 6 July this year, there was concern about people being unable to make their journeys, particularly at night, if they have no money on their Oyster card, and nowhere to top-up in the vicinity.

Some help is at hand in the form of TfL’s ‘One More Journey’ scheme, giving passengers with empty Oysters the chance to make one more bus journey before they have to top-up.

One More Journey will begin this Sunday, 8 June, a month earlier than planned, following a month long trial on 60 routes across London. According to TfL, 1,500 people a day have used the scheme during the trial period.

Provided you have some balance on your card (and have your card with you), you can board a bus and receive an emergency fare advice slip, reminding you to top-up. The cost of the fare will be deducted from your Oyster card, taking it into a negative balance, which will be cleared the next time you top-up.

However, if your Oyster card doesn’t have any balance at all, or your journey home takes more than one bus, it doesn’t look like you’ll be able to get there after all.

When buses go cashless in July, you can still travel using prepaid tickets, contactless payment cards or concessionary tickets.

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  • dansus

    Need more card only top up at bus stops like the one at Waterloo.

  • Jon Millwood

    Surely if the deposit on an Oyster card is £5 they could allow two (£2.80 debt) more journeys or even three (£4.20 debt). As long as you don’t get into more debt than the deposit and you get a receipt warning you are in debt.

  • andybrice

    Hmm. It seems to me like this cashless thing has been rushed, without proper provisions for stopping people getting stranded.

    • Busman

      It hasn’t, it has been in the pipeline for the past few years. And intensively researched for the past year. People will adapt to it in time and if not then they will suffer for it.

      • andybrice

        I suppose once everyone has contactless bank cards. We’ll think nothing of buses being cashless.

        The thing that worries me is that in the suburbs it can be quite difficult to top up your Oyster card. And many people can’t afford to use auto top-up.

        It seems like they rolled this out very soon after the public consultation without a particularly innovative solution to these problems.

  • Kay

    I cannot wait for the gif-filled tumblr which will be dedicated to hapless London tourists attempting to board our buses and having no clue why their wallet filled with cash cannot provide them with this simple service.