The Anonymous Widower

Is This The Most Significant Public Transport Development Of This Century So Far?

This article on Rail News is entitled Contactless export deal will help London fares freeze.

Whether the deal does keep fares down is irrelevant to me in London, as I get London’s extensive transport network for nothing! The only benefit, I’ll see is new services paid for by licencing revenue.

But how long will it be, before, when I go to say Birmingham, Berlin or Bucharest, that the only thing I will need to use public transport will be a contactless bank card?

Everything is now in place for all cities to use a similar system to London!

The only reason, it won’t get used in a city or public transport area, is that mistakenly because of NIH syndrome, politicians have gone their own route, which are incompatible with contactless bank cards and mobile devices impersonating them.

Say for instance Paris, Venice or New York didn’t allow the use of cards and devices, how would their visitor revenue drop?

I trawl the Internet extensively for reports of contactless cards used on public transport in London.

  • I have not found one adverse report on the media, although I have found a couple of travel sites recommending using a bank card as a ticket in London.
  • Remember that you get the same price as Oyster, which is less than cash, without having to use a special card.
  • Oyster use is dropping in London.
  • Carrying umpteen cards is so twentieth century.
  • How much money do people have lying dead on Oyster cards, they’ve mislasid in old jackets etc.?
  • There was a big worry from the left, that cashless and contactless ticketing would hurt the less well off. This Luddite-view has been shown to be totally wrong, with some of the highest non-Oyster use in London’s poorest boroughs.
  • There has been a reduction of attacks on staff, as the only money they carry is now their own.
  • I have been unable to find a report of someone using a stolen contactless card as a ticket.

The world will embrace London’s model and now, that Cubic has the licence, there is nothing to stop the march of contactless bank card ticketing.

Except of course stupid politicians!

July 14, 2016 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. The rest of the world is using ITSO cards are they the ones out of step? and – just London.

    True both will probably be superseded by bank cards or the equivalent carried in smart phones.

    Comment by Mark Clayton | July 14, 2016 | Reply

  2. ITSO like Oyster is a blind alley, like Betamax! Led by Visa, Mastercard and AMEX, no-one will challenge cotactless bank cards and phones looking like them.

    London’s big contribution is the software, philosophy and methodology linking it all together.

    Comment by AnonW | July 14, 2016 | Reply

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