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.
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.
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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Part-time workers could soon receive some good news. There's been overwhelming support for a 3-day Travelcard. A 90 day consultation has found commuters are in favour of flexible ticketing systems. They also want refunds for season tickets holders for walking or cycling to work. 418 people gave their opinions to the London assembly survey.
On 1 May two trains came into slight contact with each other while they were travelling between East Putney and Southfields stations, ascertaining very minor damage. There were no injuries to customers or staff who were unaware at the time that the incident had taken place. The C Stock and the new S Stock trains, which travel between Edgware Road to Wimbledon, were temporarily withdrawn from service on the branch while the incident was investigated.
"It was found that there had been very slight movement of the tracks in this particular area which caused the trains to come into contact. London Underground engineers are now working to modify the track to ensure that this incident is not repeated. As a precaution other areas on the branch were checked with no other issues found. Normal operating service has now been restored. The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority and we apologise for the limited disruption this may have caused.”
The collision of two new tube trains on the District Line happened between East Putney and Southfields stations on 1 May.
It is thought to have been caused by the track moving and caused minor damage to carriages.
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Londoners expecting to face the chaos of a Tube strike this morning can breathe a sigh of relief.
A last-ditch effort to avert the planned three-day strike was successful, with the announcement being made just hours before the industrial action was scheduled to begin.
London Underground bosses said yesteraday they are pleased with the result of the talks, but say more work is needed to resolve the disputes over the future of the Tube.
London Underground and the Rail, Maritime and Transport union have welcomed the decision to suspend a three-day tube strike, which was due to start tonight at 9pm.
I am pleased that Londoners will not have to endure further strike action this week. The only way to resolve this dispute is for the RMT leadership to work with us to shape the future of the Tube in a changing world. It is good that they have committed to doing so alongside the three other unions involved.
We have been able to secure real movement and significant progress on the issues at the heart of this dispute in talks with the Tube management over the bank holiday weekend.