Reading goes cashless

Reading goes cashless

Seven day paper tickets will no longer be available on Reading Buses in a move that Bus Users UK is warning could exclude passengers without access to contactless payment.

The company is hoping to speed up boarding time and make travel quicker and more convenient for passengers. However, Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users is concerned that removing the option to buy a seven day ticket with cash could be a barrier to people already marginalised by society: “Advances in technology that improve and speed up bus travel are welcome, as long as they don’t exclude passengers. Bus companies need to ensure they continue to offer a cash payment option for people who, for one reason or another, don’t have a smartphone or contactless payment card.”

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