Tubes set for contactless payment from September

Contactless card payment launches on the London Underground in September, and users of one mobile network will be able to use their smartphone and an app to pay for journeys.

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Contactless payment 'a better system' than Oyster

Transport for London has encouraged tourists to set up contactless payment, rather than obtaining an Oyster card, after it announced that the system would be rolled out on September 16. TfL's director of customer experience said:

Equipping yourself with an oyster card is still a tedious process - if you have the misfortune of arriving at Victoria or King's Cross there are huge queues.

From our perspective and from a consumer perspective, the contactless system is better. We'll be encouraging them to start using it - Oyster is not broken, the point is we have a better system.

– Shashi Verma, Transport for London

Contactless payment: Wallets 'becoming numbered'

London Underground commuters will be able to use their phone to pay for their daily travel, under new plans unveiled by Transport for London. Gerry McQuade, chief marketing officer at EE, said:

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.

– Gerry McQuade, EE chief marketing officer


Contactless payment on Tube to be rolled out Sept 16

Transport for London has announced that contactless payment will be rolled out on September 16. The scheme, already available on buses, will allow commuters to pay with credit and debit cards that feature the contactless icon.

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