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23 September 2014

TfL contactless payments go live

Transport for London’s contactless card payment scheme goes live today, enabling customers to pay for London Underground, overground, trams and DLR journeys using contactless bank cards. The contactless payment system means travellers no longer need to spend time topping up Oyster cards, as they can pay using near-field communications (NFC) technology in the same way they can pay for goods in retail stores. “Contactless payments on our buses have already been a resounding success, with customers using their contactless payment cards to pay their bus fare around 20 million times,” said Shashi Verma, director of customer experience at Transport for London (TfL). The adult pay-as-you go fare will be the same on contactless cards as it is on an adult Oyster card. But the issue of "card clash" – whereby more than one card can be charged if they are placed near a contactless reader – is still something passengers are being warned to avoid. More on TfL technology TfL wastes millions on telecoms, says IIPAG watchdog TfL to enable ...

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