If you use the 498 to Romford, then please note that from 6th July, you will no longer be able to pay your bus fares using cash. This applies to all bus routes operated on behalf of Transport for London. Full details here.
Passengers needing to use the 498 and other London buses after 6th July will need to either pay using a contactless bank card or get an Oyster card. Here in Brentwood, Oyster cards can be obtained from the Nisa Metro shop at 96A High Street:
...or from Newstime at 145 Kings Road:
You can't get a new Oyster card at Brentwood railway station, but you can top up an existing Oyster card there.
In Brentwood this only affects the 498 bus. All other buses serving our town will continue to accept cash as usual.