Visa says contactless bus journeys on the rise in London

16 July 2013

Bus journeys in London, UK, using contactless technology on a bank debit or credit card have exceeded 2.5 million since being introduced in Q4 2012, according to the latest figures released by Visa Europe.

The near field communication (NFC) contactless technology added to some retail bank cards in the UK has enabled the growth in usage, although most bus journeys in the UK capital are still made using the now well established Oyster contactless charge card system.

The transit authority for the UK capital Transport for London (TfL) says that it has taken over £3.5 million worth of contactless payments since the rollout of the debit or credit card payment capability just before Christmas last year. The body also plans to roll the technology out to the Tube and other TfL-controlled trains in London by the end of this year as it seeks to cut down queues at top-up booths and cut online traffic, while giving commuters other options to pay.

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