Six months after launching contactless payments for travel in the capital, Transport for London (TfL) has been announced as the fastest growing contactless Visa merchant in Europe, and for Mastercard and American Express in the UK.
Since September 2014, TfL says 60 million contactless journeys have taken place on the network, which covers London Underground, buses, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), tram, London Overground and the majority of National Rail services going in and out of London. This accounts for 14 per cent of all pay-as-you-go journeys on London’s transport network.
On March 13th the number of contactless taps made on a single day reached one million.
In an article on their website, TfL’s Director of Customer Experience, Shashi Verma, said: `It’s great to see we are leading the market in Europe for contactless payments. Our customers are finding it a much more convenient way to pay for their travel. I would encourage anyone who uses pay-as-you-go to try contactless, there’s no need to top-up, you just touch in and out with your credit or debit card.’
Contactless payment was launched by TfL as part of the Future Ticketing Programme and Ballard Chalmers helped develop the solution using Microsoft .NET and SQL Server. To learn more about this project, you can read our case study here.