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TfL achieves one million contactless taps a day

Travellers on the London public transport network used their contactless payment cards to pay for more than a million journeys on a single day last week.

A contacless Visa card in use at Transport for London

Contactless payments on TfL

Transport for London (TfL), which runs the network, enabled travellers to pay for their tube, overground, DLR and tram journeys with contactless bank cards six months ago. TfL has now become the fastest-growing contactless Visa merchant in Europe, and MasterCard and American Express merchant in the UK.

According to TfL, 60 million journeys have been paid for via the contactless option in the past month, accounting for 14% of all pay-as-you-go journeys. The uptake of contactless for travel in London is also driving significant use of the technology at other retailers.

Richard Koch, head of policy at The UK Cards Association, said: “With around one in seven of all contactless transactions in the UK now taking place on London transport, it’s clear that last year’s launch has given a big boost to the expansion of the technology.”

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