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26.11.19

Contactless payments now at three Hertfordshire stations

Govia Thameslink Railway are set to welcome contactless payments at three stations, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and Welham Green.

The pay as go system generally offers the cheapest single fares towards London by customers simply touching their contactless payment card or smartphone payment app on the yellow readers at the station.

GTR parent company of Great Northern, has worked with Transport for London and the Department for Transport (DfT) to extend the contactless system to WGC, Hatfield and Welham Green – in addition to the Key Smartcard, KeyGo and paper tickets.

Throughout the London and surrounding areas, around 60 per cent of all pay as you go journeys are now made using contactless.

Since contactless launched on the Tube and rail services in September 2014, more than 3.1 billion journeys have been made, showing how convenient and popular contactless payments are with Londoners and visitors.

 Thameslink and Great Northern Managing Director Tom Moran said: “The arrival of pay as you go with contactless at WGC, Hatfield and Welham Green marks the completion of this year’s ambitious roll-out project, which has seen 13 stations on the GTR network welcome the convenient payment method. We have worked closely with the Department for Transport and Transport for London to bring contactless to our stations, giving customers greater choice and generally lower single fares.”

Shashi Verma, Chief Technology Officer at Transport for London said: “It is great that we have been able to work with Govia Thameslink Railway to complete the latest expansion of pay as you go with contactless on their services. Almost 25 million journeys in and around London are now made using contactless every week, making travel more convenient and accessible for all.”

Image: Peter Alvey/Govia Thameslink Railway

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