The Anonymous Widower

A Contactless Card Explosion

According to Becky Barrow in the Sunday Times, it not yet ten years since contactless cards were introduced.

She says that during the first six months of this year, we spent £9.3billion using the cards.

In the same period of 2009, we spent just £315,953 and half of that was Patsy and Edina in Harvey Nicks.

That is some increase.

When contactless cards were introduced on London’s buses, after listening to quite a few idiot techophobe politicians, I set up a very tight Internet trawl about ticketing problems on London’s transport.

I have not found a single problem reported in a newspaper or web-site.

My problem with contactless cards, is that I can’t use them for small train or tram trips outside London. Every train company and local authority seems to be reinventing London’s wheel.

No wonder London gets all the tourists!

I also had a small problem where a branch of a well-known store set up their tills incorrectly and AMEX thought it was fraud and refunded my purchases.


August 28, 2016 - Posted by | Finance | , ,


  1. Everywhere else is or will be using ITSO cards, and the terminals can also use contactless bank cards and credit held in NFC phones.. OK London got there first with Oyster, but that doesn’t make it the best system – a bit like color TV and NTSC…

    Comment by Mark Clayton | August 28, 2016 | Reply

    • I won’t use any system outside London, where I use my Freedom Pass, unless it is with my bank card.

      Companies only want you to use special cards, so they can spray you with spam e-mails.

      When I use my bank card occasionally in London to get to Gatwick, my card is anonymous.

      Comment by AnonW | August 28, 2016 | Reply

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