Transport for London (TfL) has announced that contactless payments will be accepted on trains, tubes and trams from 16 September.
The move will follow on from the existing ability to pay with bank cards or contactless-enabled smartphones, which is already in place on London buses, and TfL claimed the move will help speed up daily life in the capital.
Services that will allow contactless payments will be the entire London Underground network, the Docklands Light Railway, the London Overground and tram services.
Fees for contactless payments are set at the same prices as Oyster Card, the contactless cards that can be pre-loaded with credit used by most Londoners to travel. TfL said that its systems would also calculate a user's costs to put capping in place so they don't pay more than Oyster Card users.
Each use of a contactless payment per day will be registered on a bank statement, while journey details will be stored on a user's TfL account, if they register.
A pilot of the system has already been running since April with 3,000 Londoners taking part and TfL said so far 65,000 journeys have taken place using this payment method.
Shashi Verma, TfL's director of customer experience, said offering this payment method would help improve travel in the capital.
"Offering the option of contactless payments will make it easier and more convenient for customers to pay for their travel, freeing them of the need to top up Oyster credit and helping them get on board without delay," she said.
"The pilot has been a success, with participants giving us really useful feedback. This is the latest step in making life easier for our customers by using modern technology to offer the best service possible."
TfL is also running a major campaign to warn travellers of ‘card clash', when a contactless payment card and Oyster Card are held near the reader at the same time - if held in the same wallet for example. This can lead to both cards being charged, or the system failing to acknowledge either card.
TfL said it intends to ramp up its messaging around this ahead of the September launch.
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