Transport for London says that more than 180 million journeys have been made on London’s transport network using contactless payments, in the year since its launch.
Passengers with a compatible credit or debit card can use them on London Underground, tram, Docklands Light Railway, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in London, and payments using this method account for a fifth of all pay-as-you-go journeys. Fares are identical to those of the Oyster smartcard.
The busiest London Underground stations for contactless payment were Oxford Circus, King’s Cross, London Bridge, Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf. And on the busiest day in the first year (September 11) more than 900,000 journeys were made. TfL says that one in seven of all contactless transactions made in the UK were on its transport network.
TfL Director of Customer Experience Shashi Verma said: “The first year of contactless payments on TfL services has been a huge success. Over 20% of our pay as you go customers use contactless payment already because it is so quick and easy. There’s no need to top-up, you just touch in and out with your credit or debit card.”