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TFL unveils card pay plan for cabbies in Uber battle

All black-cabs could soon take card payments in a new initiative by Transport for London to help the capital's taxi drivers compete with cashless rivals Uber.

Plans to help London taxi drivers in their battle to compete with rival car-booking company Uber have been revealed by TFL Credit: PA

There is currently no requirement for taxis to accept card payments, and only around half of drivers do, despite 83% of passengers preferring the option to be able to pay by card, according to a recent survey.

TFL said it will hold a consultation with drivers and passengers, but stressed there is no intention to stop taxis accepting cash as a payment option.

Card payments have become a central part of the lives of Londoners over the past few years - something that has only increased since the introduction of contactless payment.

– TfL's taxi and private hire general manager Helen Chapman

The announcement comes just a day after the release of film capturing a bicycling London Mayor Boris Johnson in a four-letter tirade with a black-cab driver.


Crime figures fall on London's transport network

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Crime across London's transport network is at a record low, according to figures from Transport for London and British Transport Police

They say crime on London transport has fallen by 8.3 per cent - the ninth year running of falling crime rates.

It comes as TfL and London Mayor Boris Johnson are setting out their plans for policing the night time Tube services due to be introduced later this year.

They say greater numbers of police will patrol the Night Tube to ensure customers feel safe and secure.

TFL to invest millions in London buses

A London bus Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

TfL has announced a multi-million pound business plan for buses in the capital.

It includes hundreds of extra buses and 25 million pounds of investment into driver training.

Drivers will learn how to communicate better with customers and respond more quickly to their needs.


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.

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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