Wave farewell to queuing at top-up machines on London Underground
Transport for London has announced a much-needed update to its Oyster app, which will let you add credit to your account on the go. As of August 2017, the Android and iOS app will cut the time down for a pay-as-you-go top up from 24 hours to 30 minutes.
Previously you had to nominate a station to activate your top up, however the new app will allow you tap into any station on the Underground system. TfL says that by the end of autumn, you’ll also be able to touch in on any of the capital’s 9,000 buses.
You’ll also get low balance alerts through the app, so you won’t have to contend with the (very British) huffing and puffing of frustrated commuters, as you attempt to tap in with an empty card.
More updates coming soon
In the near future, you’ll also be able to view your journey history for all contactless payments - making it much easier to apply for returns if you’ve ever found yourself lumped with an ‘incomplete journey’ charge.
There is one snag though. To be able to take advantage of the new app and all its benefits, your Oyster card needs to have a ‘D’ printed on it – in the bottom left hand corner of the reverse. You should find it next to the ‘Mayor of London’ text. All cards issued after 2010 should have you covered, but if your Oyster card is a little older, you’ll have to apply for a new one. Reports suggest that you’ll be contacted by TfL if this is the case.
In other TfL news, there will soon be a ‘hopper fare’ scheme introduced, which will allow unlimited bus and tram journeys within an hour. So if you have to change over half way through your journey, and it’s less than an hour, you’ll only be charged for the standard capped fare.
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