Barclaycard has been working with the operator of the UK's M6 toll road to install contactless payments readers at booths, enabling drivers to tap and pay for their journeys.
Contactless will initially be trialled on a single lane from this autumn, with the aim of rolling the technology out across all card-accepting toll booths in the first quarter of next year.
Opened in late 2003, the M6 Toll covers a 27 miles stretch in the Midlands and claims to have pioneered the acceptance of card payments at booths. The new deal with Barclaycard will see all card transactions managed by the payments business.
Tom Fanning, CEO, M6 Toll, says: "Over 40,000 drivers benefit from the ease and reliability of the M6 Toll every day. The introduction of contactless is the latest step in making card payment as quick and easy as using the road itself."
Contactless cards are becoming increasing common in the UK, with around 11 million Barclays debit and Barclaycard credit cards currently in circulation. Recently, Lloyds, Bank of America's card unit MBNA and Virgin Money all followed in Barclays' footsteps and committed to rolling out the technology.
It is also proving popular for travel payments. Recently Transport for London confirmed plans to upgrade all Oyster card readers across the capital to work at the touch of a bank-issued debit and credit card. Under the system, passengers will be able to use their contactless bank cards to touch in and out for pay as you go travel on the bus, Tube, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), tram and London Overground network.