Rail minister urged to roll out Oyster card payments to Stansted, Luton and Southend airports

Oyster cards could soon be used at Stansted Airport. Credit: PA

Rail Minister Jo Johnson has been urged to back an extension of Oyster and contactless payments to Luton, Stansted and Southend airports ahead of Euro 2020.

Wembley Stadium will host seven matches during the tournament, and London's deputy mayor for transport Heidi Alexander has written to Mr Johnson stating that fans should be given the "greater flexibility and convenience" of being able to use their cards to get to games.

As things stand, tourists arriving at the three airports can't use the plastic cards to pay for their onward travel, and instead have to join queues for paper tickets.

Wembley Stadium will host the Euro 2020 final. Credit: PA

Gatwick Airport has accepted the cards since January 2016, while Heathrow was already included.

Ms Alexander emphasised that Transport for London has "consistently expressed support for expansion of the technology" and added that implementing the system would be a strong signal that "London is open for business in a post-Brexit Britain".