Archive for June 12, 2014

London Buses (1)

Posted: June 12, 2014 in Buses
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This is the first in a series of posts following a recent visit to the London Transport Museum.

It may then seem odd that my first post is of a ticket disposal bin, but I felt that this image had a great sense of irony in the week in which Transport for London announced that they would no longer accept cash fares on buses from this summer. Whilst everyone travelling on pre-paid cards is very efficient for the organisation and is no doubt financially more viable as they now collect the money prior to travel and thus it is in their account earning interest. I cant help but think that some people will be at a disadvantage not being able to just pay for their single journey at the time they travel. I know that TfL say that cash fares only make up <10% journeys but for those people they may be important. What now for people who cannot afford to store sums of money on their cards? What now for people who forget their cards?

LT Gibson machine bus Tickets, 1969 -1971.  Romford area
London Transport Bus Tickets
Photo by Sludge G (https://www.flickr.com/photos/sludgeulper/)

It is equally possible that I am just grieving for another thing from my childhood that has passed. We used to love collecting tickets, they were just such a wonderful souvenir of a days travel on London buses. You could aim to collect routes or stages on a single route. Although for a days travelling the 'Red Rover' was the king. This one day travelcard allowed you to travel for a small price all over London (No zones then – anywhere the buses went you could go). Maybe that's why I love this museum. It brings back those childhood memories of travelling around London – it was through these trips that I gained my knowledge and love of London and all that it has to offer.

At least the buses are still red!

London Transport Red Rover Tickets, 1969,1972.
Red Rover Tickets
Photo by Sludge G (https://www.flickr.com/photos/sludgeulper/)