02 September 2015

Olympics false start for TfL as London contactless bank card plan is delayed

23 May 2012  |  7163 views  |  0 London -- Routemaster red double decker bus

Transport for London (TfL) has delayed the roll out of a system enabling travellers to pay for their journeys using contactless bank cards.

TfL confirmed last February that it will upgrade all Oyster card readers across the capital to work at the touch of a bank-issued debit or credit card. It had hoped to have the new system up and running on all of London's 8000 buses in time for the Olympic Games, with the Tube, DLR, Tram and London Overground network following by the end of 2012.

However, Shashi Verma, director, customer experience, TfL has now told Guardian Government Computing that the technology will only be tested on a small number of buses ahead of the Olympics, with the rest coming on board by the end of the year.

Implementation on the tube, London Overground, Docklands Light Railway, tram and National Rail service will not even begin until 2013 at the earliest, says Verma, adding: "We will only roll it out once we are confident it is 100% robust."

In November the bank card plans were branded "unconvincing" by the London Assembly in a report raising questions about the fairness, security and cost-saving potential of a new system.

Transport for London's contactless tickets roll out behind schedule - Guardian Professional

KeywordsEFTPOS

Comments: (0)

Comment on this story (membership required)
Log in to receive notifications when someone posts a comment

Finextra news in your inbox

For Finextra's free daily newsletter, breaking news flashes and weekly jobs board, sign up now.

Related blogs

Create a blog about this story (membership required)

Related stories

24 February, 2012
18 November, 2011
24 February, 2011
13 April, 2010
22 October, 2008
27 November, 2007
03 May, 2007
12 January, 2007
Your browser is unable to support Flash files.

Top topics

Most viewed Most shared
Third of Brits expect day-to-day mobile pa...
7273 views comments | 36 tweets | 14 linkedin
SunGard system glitch causes havoc for BNY...
7197 views comments | 14 tweets | 12 linkedin
Kenya's NIC Bank links to Twitter and What...
6299 views comments | 27 tweets | 17 linkedin
Payments UK sets out vision for 'world cla...
6254 views comments | 17 tweets | 10 linkedin
HSBC glitch leaves thousands of customers...
5819 views comments | 13 tweets | 7 linkedin

Featured job

Basic £90-110K OTE circa £200K NO CEILING
London based with substantial travel in Scandinavia

Find your next job