The future of transportation. Those using the Tube can now travel using a contactless debit or credit card (for payments under £20; over that amount requires a PIN number or signature). Simply put, those with the aforementioned card can pay their way through the turnstile in the same way you would an Oyster card.
The move already follows the London bus, which have allowed contactless payments since last December (they fazed out cash payments last Summer, which saves Transport for London £20 million to £30 million a year), which is probably a continued step in the direction of fazing out regular tickets altogether…there are already 70,000 contactless payments that take place on the bus a day. According to Transport for London, contactless payments makes a typical travel journey easier, whether you’re on the Tube, Overgroundor the DLR (and any other related rail services).
As quoted by Shashi Verma, Transport for London’s director of customer experience:
Accepting contactless payments on transport in London is a fantastic achievement for our city – it provides our customers with the most convenient way to pay for their travel and highlights the capital’s position as a world leader in transport ticketing, technology and customer service.
Oyster will continue to be available, with contactless payments being another option that lets our customers travel without the need to top up Oyster credit.
Also in the cards, the ability to make contactless payments with the use of your mobile phone, although there isn’t an official day for that technology launch as of yet (nonetheless, EE has already extended their services to that function).