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Contactless Payments Coming To London Underground

Friday 25th July 2014

People using London Underground will be able to use Contactless card payments from September.

Tube Ticket Machine.JPG Transport for London hopes it will speed up people's commute time.

After using a Contactless enabled bank card to tap in and out a single payment will be sent back to banks each day, which will be marked as TfL-related. Users will be able to track their use online in the same way as they would with an Oyster card.

Shashi Verma, TfL's director of customer experience, said "Offering the option of contactless payments will make it easier and more convenient for customers to pay for their travel, freeing them of the need to top up Oyster credit and helping them get on board without delay."

Users of mobile network EE may also be able to use their smartphone to pay for journey using its Cash on Tap app.

The free app is linked to a users bank account and utilises near-field communication technology found in some smartphones to enable commuters to touch and in out with their device rather than having to queue to top up an Oyster card. The app is currently only available on Android phones.

Gerry McQuade, chief marketing officer at EE said: "Users of the world's greatest tube network will shortly benefit from the latest in mobile payment technology, allowing them to use their phone to pay for their daily commute.

"As more and more people benefit from the simplicity, convenience and security that mobile contactless payments offer, it's rapidly becoming clear that the days of the physical wallet are fast becoming numbered."

TfL has been carrying out a trial involving around 3,000 underground users, and are now ready to roll out the scheme, which will launch 16th September.