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Contactless bank cards are to be introduced on London's Tube, DLR and Overground trains.

From 16 September, people can use the cards instead of having to top up their Oyster Cards, although these will still be in operation.

Transport users are being advised to avoid paying twice by making sure only one card touches the reader.

Contactless payments work in the same way as the Oyster cards by touching in and out on the readers.

'Easier for customers'

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Tom Edwards

Transport correspondent, London

Oyster has been a huge success story but it's getting on a bit in technology terms.

Tfl wants to move its services over to contactless payments to save it money in backroom operations and collecting cash and it will also give it added flexibility, including "auto-capping" your travel.

A trial has been a success but there are some anomalies.

The trial included rail services but as yet, the train operating companies haven't said they'll accept contactless payments on 16 September and without the rail network involved, it will get tricky for commuters.

Commuters also have to watch out for "card clash" - if an Oyster card is next to a contactless card in your wallet, the fare could come off the unintended card.

You can see paper tickets and travelcards becoming a rarity and everyone one day paying with an Oyster or bankcard.

Only one payment will be sent to the bank or financial provider for payment.

In addition to daily capping - when travellers taking multiple journeys will not pay more than the cost of a Day Travelcard - a new Monday-to-Sunday cap will be introduced for those using contactless cards.

This will mean that the best value over the course of the week will be automatically calculated.

All UK-issued contactless American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit, debit, pre-paid or charge payment cards will be accepted for payment.

Other methods of contactless payment that meet financial industry standards, including mobile phones, may also be accepted, with users of the EE network able to pay via the Cash on Tap app.

Some non-UK cards may not be accepted and card holders should check with their issuers

www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-28479906

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1. Re: Transport Payment News

Oyster has been a huge success story but it's getting on a bit in technology terms.

Tfl wants to move its services over to contactless payments to save it money in backroom operations ....

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While providing daily and weekly capping with contact less cards is all very welcome, I'm not liking the tone and insinuation that Oyster may be run down.

Not everyone has contact less credit/debit cards (I don't). And for overseas visitors who do and may be tempted to use them, beware those foreign transaction fees. If you're not careful a £1.45 bus ride could come out at four quid.

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TfL have stated previously that they have no intention of getting rid of Oyster.

And I'm not sure what is meant by "getting on a bit in technology terms"?

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If the contactless bank card will act in similar to an Oyster card in relations to daily cap, travel cards so and so, i think it is being brought on as the next step to Oyster.

If contactless bank cards can do exactly what the oyster card can do, why would anyone want to still keep Oyster if they have the contactless debit. it saves time, don't have to worry about topping up, or renewing, or unresponsive oyster cards and so.

but on the other side, with oyster it is easy to manage and track journeys and also for budget purpose as you can top it off or buy a travel card and you are set.

from the PR above, i think the government will in time stop oyster as they mentioned "save money ", which is sad.

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"TfL have stated previously that they have no intention of getting rid of Oyster"

But Boris keeps avoiding making the same commitment.

All the guff in the story about "getting on a bit" comes from the BBC reporter, not from TfL. And it's not clear whether delays in introducing contactless payment (this is now a year later than promised in Boris' 2012 Transport Manifesto) are down to TfL, the banks or some political argy-bargy.

Politicians have a habit of starry-eyed naivete about technology, and there's bound to be some gormless "visionary" among Boris' advisors (that "visionary" might even be Boris himself) who thinks getting rid of Oyster in favour of implanted chips or some other nonsense is the path to being a techno-hero.

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why would anyone want to still keep Oyster if they have the contactless debit

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I would have thought that was obvious personally.

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