Take Part In TfL’s Tube Contactless Payment Pilot

contactless_070114A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the first anniversary of contactless payment on London buses and noted the fairly piss-poor take-up. In the end, we concluded, it probably won’t become popular until we can use contactless payment cards on all forms of London transport and it supports daily capping.

That’s about to become reality – with a catch. Transport for London is piloting using contactless cards on the tube, DLR, Overground, trams and some rail services and you’ll need to apply to take part. You’ll need to travel using pay as you go or a 7 day travelcard and be willing to give feedback. Oh, and have a contactless card, obviously.

Places are limited so tell them you’re interested now. Read more details about the pilot here.

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  • philly_z

    Why would I want this? I really look forward to the day I lose my bank card or my bank cancels it due to a data breach and so I can’t get home.

    • RobH

      Maybe you don’t want it, for which the option of an oyster card is presumably still open.
      For those that do want it, probably reducing the number of cards needed to carry and cutting out the need to visit the oyster topup machine is desirable.
      Also, many people have multiple bank cards (debit, credits) so if one goes down, a good chance the others won’t.

      • londona729

        How long till TfL removes the oyster card option like it has for cash payments on the buses?

      • Afropolitan

        Am looking forward to having one. It reduces the need to carry so many cards. I had the Barclaycard oyster but it’s being phased out. really looking forward to a replacement.