Carshalton Station sees over a million people travelling through it every year. This week, Transport for London (TFL) started accepting contactless payment from a bankcard in addition to Oyster cards and paper tickets when travelling on the Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.
For many commuters, this new form or payment will be welcome, but others will be worried about the possible risks it could cause, like ‘card clash’.
MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake commented saying, “Of course providing an additional and theoretically easy form of payment for passengers is welcome, as long as people are not pushed into having to use it and it is secure.
It is important not to forget the many people who use Oyster PAYG out of necessity. There are still hundreds of thousands of households who have no access to a bank account and therefore rely on PAYG when they travel. There are others who at the beginning of the week, just simply can’t afford to buy even a weekly bus pass.
I don’t think its fair that these people should be denied a weekly cap on their fares, when people using contactless payment will now have one.”
Contactless payment on buses has been available since 2012 with approximately 70,000 contactless payments every day.
For more information on Contactless payment, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/contactless