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Contactless travel payment from TfL

Contactless payment cards have been accepted on buses since December 2012 and from early 2014, travellers will be able to use them to pay for travel on Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and some National Rail services. TfL are  asking staff and customers to volunteer to test the system before they extend acceptance of contactless payment cards on all TfL’s services to the general public.

The pilot will include 5,000 volunteers and TfL would like you to take part. TfL will ask you to use a contactless payment card instead of your Oyster card for any journeys you make during the pilot. They will not ask you to make special journeys to ‘test’ the system.

You’ll be asked to provide feedback on your experiences to help fine tune the information TfL provide to customers when we launch contactless payments.

TfL expect to start the pilot before the end of the year but they will contact you to confirm the start date.

Who should apply?

TfL want to recruit those who travel regularly on Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and on the sections of the National Rail network where your Oyster card is valid. If you don’t use these modes frequently, you need not apply.You will need to use a contactless payment card, which displays this symbol:







If your contactless payment card is a Barclaycard OnePulse card, it will continue to work as an Oyster card, so you will not be able to use it for the pilot.


Applying to join the pilot

If you want to be part of the pilot, you need to complete an Expression of Interest form.

Participants will be chosen to give as broad coverage of different parts of TfL’s services as possible. TfL will email you to let you know if you have been selected