Contactless transport moves a step closer


Every rail passenger in the UK could be able to pay for their travel using contactless cards and devices, under a new framework.

Enabling all transport operators across the country to implement contactless payments on local pay-as-you-go journeys, the framework promises to provide a consistent experience for travellers.

It was announced today at a parliamentary reception hosted by The UK Cards Association and comes in a week that saw the reach of London’s contactless card, Oyster, extended to Gatwick Airport.

A further round of funding has now been provided by rail operators for a joint project between the card and rail industry. The aim is to explore how contactless cards and devices could be linked with long-distance train tickets or season tickets, removing the use for printed tickets.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: ‘The smart ticketing revolution is helping to build a modern, affordable transport network that provides better journeys for everyone. By working together, industry, city regions and government have been able to ensure more and more people can use smart ticketing to get around.’

Melanie Johnson, chair of The UK Cards Association, which represents the card payments industry, said its  she believed its work will contribute to making public transport more convenient for millions of passengers.

‘This framework sets out how contactless payments can be used to support any journey, whether a single bus ride or a cross-country trip.’