Cash fares now a thing of the past on London buses

Posted on July 10th, 2014 by by Marketing County

Cash is now no longer accepted on London buses which will see a £24 million profit maximisation.

The change comes due to less and less passengers paying with cash on London buses.

Transport for London research showed that 99% of their customers were using cashless payment methods such as Oyster cards, prepaid tickets, contact-less payment cards and concessionary tickets.

This means that any passengers travelling on London’s buses will need to use one of these payment options otherwise they will not be able to travel. However last month the ‘one more journey’ feature for Oyster users was introduced which allows passengers to make one more journey if they have insufficient funds on their Oyster card.

Mike Weston, Director of Buses at Transport for London said: “The way our customers pay for goods and services is evolving, so we need to ensure our ticketing process evolves too”.

He then went on to say “Removing cash from our bus network not only offers customers a more efficient bus service but it enables us to make savings of £24 million a year which will be re-invested to further improve London’s transport network”.

Although there are question marks surrounding the new change. Green Party London Assembly member Darren Johnson highlights what would happen to passengers who have lost or had their Oyster cards stolen and if they would be allowed to travel or not. This comes after more than 2,100 Oyster cards were lost, stolen or had stopped working on the average day last year.

Darren Johnson said: “I am very concerned that Transport for London are only planning 19 new Oyster ticket stops in preparation for the cashless switch-over. This seems highly inadequate, especially when every ticket office across the tube network is going to be closed. I have serious concerns about the impact of which this sweeping change would have on vulnerable passengers”.

Due to this drivers have been issued refreshed guidance on how to deal with vulnerable passengers.

We at Bus and Coach insurance offer very competitive bus and coach insurance prices so for a quick quote call our specialist team today on 0800 980 3425

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Unusual Coach Passengers

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by by Marketing County

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If you’re a coach or bus driver you would probably know by now that many people probably assume your profession is very dull. But what if here at County Insurance we could make them change their mind?

It has come to our attention that many famous people from not only this country but from around the world travel via coach or bus. It can be all types of profession and of course they would travel in style. So if you told your friends that you meet celebrities daily would they think it’s such a dull profession after all?

So what profession and people use coaches?

Nearly every football team in the country uses coaches to get to various locations. These locations include places such as airports if they need to travel abroad, to get to and from a opposition stadium or possibly a hotel depending on whether a team is staying overnight.   

Many other sport clubs like rugby and cricket will also do the same, epically at international level as they would have to travel to different venues over the world and with club level to travel around the country.

It’s not just sporting people that use coaches other professions like musicians and singers will use their own personal coaches to travel across the country or the airport to perform all across the world.  

We at Bus and Coach insurance offer very competitive bus and coach insurance prices so for a quick quote call our specialist team today on 0800 980 3425

Buy holiday cover from Bus & Coach Insurance and save!

Posted on July 30th, 2013 by by Marketing County

The good news is…there’s still time to squeeze in another holiday before the end of the summer 🙂

However, whether you are planning a weekend in the UK or a fortnight in Australia, unfortunately things can and do go wrong when we’re away.

Luckily, Bus and Coach Insurance can provide cover to protect you, your family and your holiday, quickly and for a great price!

Like with our bus and coach insurance customers, we will compare prices from a broad range of providers to bring you fantastic rates as well as peace of mind that you are fully covered.

Our packages can cover you against;

  • overseas medical and hospital costs
  • lost or luggage
  • flight delays
  • legal expenses
  • trip cancellations…and a lot more on request!

For a competitive quote call our bus and coach insurance team on 0800 980 3425

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