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TfL launches Oyster mobile ticketing app; begins consultation on cashless trams, UK [free access]

September 7, 2017

Transport for London (TfL) has launched the mobile ticketing app, TfL Oyster, developed by Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS). The app allows Oyster card customers to manage their fare payments, top up their cards and view their journey history through the Android or Apple iOS devices.


The app offers a variety of travel products such as pay-as-you-go as well as the weekly, monthly or annual travel pass, which can be purchased online and topped-up by using the yellow readers at London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, London Trams and TfL Rail stations.


Oyster card is accepted on London Underground, London Overground, London buses, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), Tramlink, Emirates AirLine, River Bus services and most national rail services within London fare zone.


In addition, TfL has begun an eight-week public consultation on plans to make trams in London cashless. The proposal includes removal of the cash ticket machines from the tram network, which only sell a small number of the more expensive paper tickets every week and do not allow customers to top-up their Oyster card.


The ticket machines were installed when the tram system opened in 2000 and have since reached the end of their useful life. The paper tram tickets will be replaced by Oyster or contactless bankcards.