Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on TfL dropping its plans to stop taking cash across all London Underground, DLR and London Overground stations, said:
“This is a welcome decision and a real victory for the 260,000 adults in London without a bank account. Children and tourists will also benefit from this decision.
“As Travelwatch powerfully demonstrated, there are many stations which do not have a newsagent or convenience store nearby, so TfL’s plans would have posed ongoing difficulties for people topping up Oyster cards.
“The initial changes were a mistake. They came about without public consultation or proper consideration of the consequences for some of the most excluded people in London.
“TfL should now go further and reinstate cash payment facilities at 200 underground, DLR and overground stations where changes were made by stealth last summer.”