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September 17, 2014

TfL starts contactless payment system across London’s transport network

UK's Transport for London (TfL) has introduced contactless payments on its London Underground, tram, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services that accept Oyster.

By Samseer M

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UK’s Transport for London (TfL) has introduced contactless payments on its London Underground, tram, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services that accept Oyster.

This new development provides more convenience to millions of passengers as they will now be able to use a single smartcard to travel across the capital.

Passengers can now upload their Travelcards to the smartcard, instead of using a paper ticket and smartcards bought online.

UK Transport Minister Susan Kramer said: "We are committed to building a stronger economy and a more efficient public transport network that people want to use.

"We are committed to building a stronger economy and a more efficient public transport network that people want to use."

"That is why more than £38bn will be invested in the rail network over the next five years to bring in new trains and new services, and to make journeys more comfortable and more reliable."

All UK-issued contactless American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit, debit and pre-paid cards can be used to make payments.

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Alternative methods that meet financial industry standards will also be accepted to make payments of £20 or less.

TfL customer experience director Shashi Verma said: "Oyster will continue to be available, with contactless payments being another option that lets our customers travel without the need to top up Oyster credit.

"I would like to remind all of our customers to only touch one card on the reader to avoid paying with a card they did not intend to pay with."

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


Image: UK Transport Minister Susan Kramer using a smart travelcard. Photo: courtesy of UK Department for Transport.

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