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19.09.14

More than 128,000 contactless rail payments already – TfL

More than 128,000 contactless payments have been made on London’s rail network since the new ‘wave and pay’ option was launched on Tuesday, Transport for London has announced.

The first day saw contactless used at more than 600 train stations across the Tube, DLR, Overground and National Rail stations that accept Oyster. The most popular London Underground stations for contactless so far are Canary Wharf, Oxford Circus, London Bridge, Victoria and Liverpool Street.

Contactless payments have been available on the bus network since December 2012. This week has seen a further significant rise in the number of taps on buses with 80,000 on Tuesday and 86,000 on Wednesday – this is around 6,000 and 9,000 higher than on the same days the previous week.

Shashi Verma, TfL’s director of customer experience, said: “It’s fantastic to see such a huge number of our customers choosing to use contactless already, providing a further convenient way to pay for their travel and highlighting the capital’s position as a world leader in transport ticketing, technology and customer service.”

Contactless payments allows bank cards to be used in the same way as Oyster, charging customers an adult-rate pay as you go fare when they touch in and out on readers at the start and end of every journey. Passengers using contactless payments for their travel will benefit from having their fares capped – this automatically calculates the best value for their contactless travel in a day or over a seven-day period from Monday to Sunday.

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