Barclaycard deal brings contactless payments to M6 Toll road

Barclaycard deal brings contactless payments to M6 Toll road

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.

Comments: (3)

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 17 May, 2011, 12:521 like 1 like

Why (stop) "tap & go"? If you're driving why not a system that allows you to slow down as you pass through a reader? The EZ Pass system in the eastern U.S. is a great example.

Ketharaman Swaminathan
Ketharaman Swaminathan - GTM360 Marketing Solutions - Pune 19 May, 2011, 11:511 like 1 like

@Finextra Member: 

Good point. Maybe it's because, like the Singapore ERP toll system, the US EZPass is a closed-loop system, whereas a Barclaycard is likely to be open-loop. It's probably for the same reason that, as the article says, TfL is planning to "upgrade all Oyster card readers ... to work at the touch of a bank-issued debit and credit card" unlike the present OysterCard which is closed-loop. 

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 19 May, 2011, 13:36Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Excellent point as well - I'm hoping they can adapt some sort of near field comms to avoid the 'tap & go' and move to a 'slow & go' (or ideally not slow down at all) ...and of course I'd like to see the EZ Pass system work from my phone and not from a seperate device.