Contactless payment used for one million journeys in London

Plans to roll out across TfL network

According to Transport for London (TfL), up to 10,000 people per day are using their contactless card to pay for a fare in the capital. TfL introduced the contactless payment method on their buses on 13 December 2012, and contactless card usage for fares has grown week on week since. The reasoning behind TfL’s move to install contactless terminals was to provide commuters with a convenient and simple way to pay for their travel.

Around 1,000 new cards are touching the contactless terminals on London’s 8,500 buses every day, making it clear that it isn’t just the same people every week choosing to use the more convenient method of payment. The initiative forms part of TfL’s focus on improving customers’ experience of travelling around the capital.

A SmartDebit representative commented on the milestone, “Reaching the million card milestone is a great achievement for TfL in their bid to improve the customer experience considering the lack of uptake elsewhere in the UK. A recent study suggested that contactless payment usage is being halted by a lack of promotion from retailers. The fact that 10,000 people are using it every day on London buses is testament to TfL’s active approach. Reducing the number of customers fumbling around for change can only be a good thing for efficiency.”

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