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Contactless payments go live today

From today, if you're travelling by Tube, train or tram in London you'll be able to use your bank card rather than having to top up your Oyster card. Transport for London say network-wide contactless payments- which have been operating on London buses since 2012- will reduce the time it takes for people to use the city's transport.

Underground contactless payments go live Credit: PA

Contactless payments work in the same way as Oyster cards, which are still valid. The new payment option, which is part of a range of improvements TfL is making for customers, means that there will no longer be any need to spend time topping up Oyster balances because fares are charged directly to payment card accounts.

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Tube headquarters set for revamp

The overground embodiment of London's Underground Tube network is to undergo a mass transformation, transport bosses will announce today.

The Underground's historic home, 55 Broadway, is to be redeveloped into residential accommodation as part of plans by Transport for London (TfL) to generate more non-fare revenue.

Bosses expect the Grade I listed Westminster building, which has stood for 85 years, to be converted from offices into new retail units and residential space, including some affordable housing.

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Capitals proposed footbridge

Garden bridge connecting Temple to South Bank Credit: Garden Bridge Trust

The proposed bridge designed by Thomas Heatherwick CBE to accommodate pedestrians and backed by actress Joanna Lumley, would provide a new route connecting the north and south of the capital. Thomas Heatherwick CBE is also known for his design of the London 2012 Olympic cauldron

Mayor orders Transport for London to fund Garden Bridge

Figures have been released on the proposed footbridge connecting Temple with the South Bank. Known as the 'Garden Bridge', Boris Johnson has ordered Transport for London to provide funding for the bridge of up to £30 million. The annual cost of maintaining the bridge is estimated to be £2.5 million.

TFL change claims system for delayed journeys

Transport for London are introducing a new system which they say will make it easier for customers to claim refunds for delayed journeys.

They can now claim refunds for service delays through using their online Oyster details instead of filling out forms online or on paper.

The new refund service will launch on Monday 23rd June and can be used by any customers who have experienced a delay within TFL's control of 15 minutes or more on the Tube and DLR and of 30 minutes or more on the Overground.

Mayor claims London is being 'held to ransom' by RMT

London Mayor Boris Johnson at London Bridge Underground Station Credit: Press Association

London Mayor Boris Johnson claimed this evening that London is being 'held to ransom' by the RMT Union over next week's planned Tube strike.

His comments came as talks between London Underground and unions bosses finished today with the planned three day stoppage still on.

The Mayor said: said: "Once again London is being held to ransom by a minority of just one union, the RMT, who, unlike the other three unions, and on a ballot taken last November with just 30 per cent support, is digging in its heels and refusing to play its part in shaping the future of the Tube."

"Less than three per cent of journeys involve a visit to Victorian era ticket offices, which cost Londoners £50 million a year to run. It makes absolutely no sense to keep them open.

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