contactless season tickets

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3441
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Your manifesto said, "I will launch contactless payment with Pay As You Go and weekly capping on the Tube and other rail services towards the end of 2013 and aim to launch season tickets in early 2014." Can you update us on when contactless season tickets will be available?

Answer

Answer for contactless season tickets

Answer for contactless season tickets

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am pleased to say that contactless payment was launched across the Tube and rail networks on 16 September. London is leading the world in adopting this new technology to make it easier than ever for customers to pay for their journeys.

As well as pay as you go with daily capping, contactless also offers Monday to Sunday capping, which is equivalent to 7 Day Travelcard prices.  Bus and tram users also benefit from Monday to Sunday capping at the price of a 7 Day Bus and Tram Pass.  Capping therefore enables customers to benefit from the same price as a 7 Day season ticket without the need to buy in advance.

Contactless season tickets do not reside on the payment card itself, as with Oyster, but only in the back office. The system then knows only to charge PAYG fares for travel outside the zones covered by the season ticket. 

All this is quite different to the way Oyster works, requiring substantial further development of the computer systems supporting contactless. 

I envisage this work will be completed to allow season tickets for a month or longer to be introduced in 2016, together with 7 Day season tickets starting on any day of the week.