TfL to launch official Oyster and contactless ticketing app pilot

TfL undergroundThis year, Transport for London (TfL) will be launching their Oyster and contactless app and will be the first official ticketing app for London. When launched, the app will allow travelers to check their pay-as-you-go balance, allow them to see their season tickets, top up their pay-as-you-go credit as well as allowing them to buy season tickets.

The app will also feature in-app notifications if users pay-as-you-go balance falls below £10 or their season ticket is about to expire. When the app is used to top up or buy a season ticket, users will be able to collect it 30 minutes later when they touch on a yellow card reader as part of a journey.

TfL say further features will be introduced throughout 2017, including the ability to manage the contactless payment cards that travelers use for their journeys.

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TfL are looking for users to join the pilot and are working with research agency 2CV to invite customers to take part in a pilot. Invitations will be emailed to

customers who pay full adult rate fares and use Oyster to pay as you go or buy a 7 Day Travelcard and travel regularly on rail services.

Users invited to take part in the pilot you’ll need an iOS or Android smartphone, an Oyster online account,  a standard blue Oyster card that is used to pay full adult rate fares and the card must have a ‘D’ in the bottom left hand corner (indicated by the red square in the image).

During the pilot, users will be able to benefit from the app features, with one exception – when using the app to top up pay-as-you-go or buy a season ticket, users won’t be able to collect it 30 minutes later as part of a bus journey.

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