London’s ‘tap and go’ ticketing system to be rolled out across south east England


ail commuters across the South-East are set to benefit from cheaper travel under a “smart ticketing” revolution being introduced across the suburbs.

Passengers travelling in and out of the capital will be able to use pay-as-you-go at more than 230 stations – meaning they will automatically benefit from daily and weekly fares capping.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper says the new system will be “hassle free” and tackle the biggest concern of passengers – whether they are getting value for money.

Transport for London has been awarded an initial £68.7m by the Department for Transport to expand the electronic ticketing system already in use in the capital.

This will allow passengers to use bank cards or smartphones to pay for their journey rather than having to buy paper tickets or electronic tickets in advance.

An initial 52 suburban stations in the Home Counties are due to be converted by the end of the year, primarily on Chiltern, London Northwestern and C2C railways.

On Chiltern, this will benefit stations between TfL’s nine-zone network – which currently extends to Amersham and West Ruislip – and the branches north to Aylesbury and High Wycombe.

On London Northwestern, it would include stations north of Watford Junction, such as Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring.

On C2C, this would include stations from the Greater London boundary towards Southend and Shoeburyness.

A further 181 stations across the wider South-East rail network should be connected by March 2025.

The Department for Transport is due to confirm the names of the first 52 stations later this year. But TfL has begun work to upgrade the ticket barriers, under the “Project Oval” initiative.

TfL was chosen because of its work to expand smart ticketing to stations such as Reading on the Elizabeth line, and to Epsom

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