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September 9, 2014

TfL set to launch contactless payments on London Underground

The UK's Transport for London (TfL) is set to launch contactless payments on its Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services that accept Oyster from 16 September.

By Samseer M

The UK’s Transport for London (TfL) is set to launch contactless payments on its Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services that accept Oyster from 16 September.

This scheme allows passengers to pay their fare quickly and easily as they no longer need to now check or top-up their Oyster balances.

All UK-issued contactless American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit, debit, pre-paid cards, in addition to other methods of contactless payment that meet financial industry standards will be accepted to make payments of £20 or less.

"Customers can look forward to having an easier and more convenient way to pay for their travel."

TfL customer experience director Shashi Verma said: "With the launch of contactless now a week away, customers can look forward to having an easier and more convenient way to pay for their travel, freeing them of the need to top-up Oyster credit and helping them to get on board without delay."

The introduction of contactless payments on the Tube and rail network started in April with a pilot of the system involving 5,000 customers.

The contactless payments scheme was launched on London’s buses in December 2012 and now records 69,000 payments a day.

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With Oyster or a contactless payment card, a single adult fare on buses and trams is £1.45, while the payment for bus and/or tram journeys per day is £4.40 and further journeys will not be charged.

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