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London taxis to accept contactless cards

Card and contactless payments will be accepted by London taxis, the Mayor of London and TfL have announced.

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They confirmed they will take forward proposals requiring all London taxis to accept card payments, including contactless, from October 2016.

The plans have been drawn up after a consultation earlier this year found that 86% of respondents backed proposals for card acceptance, with 68% agreeing that passengers should also be able to pay using contactless payments.

This is great news for the millions of people who use London's world famous black cabs. This move will boost business for cabbies and bring the trade into the 21st century by enabling quicker and more convenient journeys for customers."

– Boris Johnson MP, Mayor of London

London is increasingly a cashless city, with people using cards to pay for all aspects of their daily life - including transport. We are seeing more and more people use contactless payments on our network, and mandating card payments in taxis will mean customers no longer have to consider how they might pay for a journey before getting into a taxi.

– Garrett Emmerson, Transport for London

Festive LEGO display to be unveiled

The annual festive LEGO display is to be revealed in Covent Garden today.

In 2014, Christmas saw Santa landing in the Piazza on his sleigh pulled by nine reindeer

Covent Garden has hosted huge festive LEGO installations for a number of years including a giant Advent Calendar and a walk-through Snow Globe.

Last year, Santa and his sleigh were designed and built by the UK’s only LEGO Certified Professional, Duncan Titmarsh.

Made with over 700,000 LEGO bricks, the installation took 30 days to build.


Chancellor's Autumn statement: Main points for London

George Osborne unveiling his Spending Review in the House of Commons today. Here are the main points for London.

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  • No further cuts to the Met Police budget
  • Transport spending to include £11 billion for London infrastructure
  • London Help to Buy scheme to offer interest-free loan worth up to 40% of the value of a newly built home
  • Holloway Prison to close
  • New memorial to victims of 7/7 bus bombing in Tavistock Square
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