Transport for London (TfL) confirmed Apple Pay can be used on London's public transport system when it launches in the UK next month.
TfL was the first public transport provider to accept contactless payment cards and will continue this record of innovation by becoming the first to accept Apple Pay. TfL developed the contactless technology needed to travel on its services in-house and is leading the way with over 100 million contactless journeys made on its services since it launched in September 2014.
One in 10 contactless transactions in the UK are made on TfL's network, making TfL one of the largest contactless merchants worldwide and over four million unique credit or debit cards have been used on TfL services so far. More than 1.2 million contactless transactions are made each day on TfL services — representing 17% of pay as you go journeys. This high level of take up continues to drive the use of contactless elsewhere in the retail, food and leisure industry.
TfL’s Oyster smart card system will continue to be available, with contactless payments being another option that lets customers travel without the need to top-up their Oyster credit. The next part of the agency's plans to revolutionize ticketing concentrate on how the benefits of contactless can be brought to Oyster, to ensure all customers experience the same convenience.