The days of fumbling for change on the bus could soon be numbered after the UK Cards Association revealed plans to install contactless payments technology across all public transport in the UK.
Bus and rail operators are joining forces with card issuers to aid passenger convenience by embracing the swipe system, which has helped reduce queuing and speed journey times in the capital.
Melanie Johnson, chair of The UK Cards Association, said: "Our collaborative project with the transport industry aims to transform the way customers pay for their travel and supports the Government's objectives.
"This framework sets out how contactless payments can be used to support any journey, whether a single bus ride or a cross-country trip."
Operators are also investigating the possibility of linking long-distance and season tickets to specific cards, negating the need to carry a printed ticket.