Contactless payment for London travellers

Commuters will no longer need to keep topping up Oyster cards

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A contactless payment system is being introduced today for passengers on London Tube and rail services.

The Transport for London (TfL) scheme will be available for travellers on London Underground, London Overground, mainline rail services that accept the Oyster card, and also on Dockland Light Railway

The new payment option means there will no longer be any need to spend time topping up Oyster balances because fares are charged directly to payment card accounts.

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No Pin required

Contactless payment cards are debit, credit, charge or pre-paid cards which can be used to make quick, easy and secure payments for everyday purchases of £20 and under.

There is no need for a Pin or a signature, with passengers merely having to touch the card on the reader.

The introduction of contactless payments marks the completion of many years of collaborative working between TfL and the financial industry.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "Londoners and visitors to our great city can now get from A to B with a simple flourish of a contactless payment card.

"This is a great leap forward for our transport network and a world first for a capital that's leading the way by using the latest technology to help people get around."

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