Can you pay with cash on Havering buses?

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Are cash bus fares accepted on buses anymore?

That’s the question being asked by passengers after a woman with two young children was barred from a bus in Romford last week after only having a £10 note.

Ian Liddle, 36, of Hyland Way, Hornchurch, contacted the Recorder after wife Tina, 34, had to go and get change.

He said: “She was in Romford town doing some shopping. Her car was in for its MOT and she had two young children with her – they are 10 months and just over two – in a double buggy.

“The driver basically said, ‘I don’t have any change for a £10 note’ and drove off and she was left standing there in the cold with two kids.


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“It seems ridiculous. If the buses don’t take cash, they should make everyone aware of it.”

The problem is a familiar one to Streetlife.com users.

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Yvette G, of South Hornchurch, said: “I tried to pay a £2.40 fare with a £5 and the bus driver had no change. In the end, I paid £5 for my journey. I complained to TfL [Transport for London] and apparently it is a rule that passengers must have the correct money.”

Mike Weston, of London Buses, said: “While we do expect drivers to carry a small cash float, this may become depleted during their shift and, in such cases, drivers may not be able to provide change when a passenger wants to pay with a note.

“We recommend that passengers use an Oyster card or contactless credit, debit or charge card to ensure they benefit from the cheapest fare.”

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