A contactless mobile payment service will be available for users of the London Underground from 16 September, as Transport for London (TfL) continues its roll-out of faster payment technology.

Contactless payments for all pay-as-you-go travellers will be available on the Tube, London Overground, DLR and trams – as well as the capital city's buses – but customers of mobile network EE will also be able to use their phone to navigate their way around London's train network.

EE currently offers contactless payment via its Cash on Tap mobile app, which has been developed in association with Mastercard. EE customers can already use their phones to pay in more than 300,000 shops across the country, including Marks & Spencer, McDonald's, Caffè Nero, Pret A Manger and Greggs.

The extension of the service to London's train network is being marketed as a queue busting device and a faster way to pay for customers, as it provides an alternative to topping up an Oyster Card.

Cash on Tap is due to be compatible with over 500,000 customers' handsets this year, and EE said there will be no added charges for using the service to pay for travel.

Gerry McQuade, chief marketing officer at EE said: "Users of the world's greatest tube network will shortly benefit from the latest in mobile payment technology, allowing them to use their phone to pay for their daily commute."

TfL's move to contactless follows a pilot with around 3,000 customers, and the payment method will incorporate a new Monday to Sunday cap – with the transport group using a system that automatically calculates the best-value contactless fare over the course of the week.

One charge per day will be sent to the bank or financial provider for payment, referencing it as a payment to TfL for travel. Meanwhile, registered customers will be able to view their journey and payment history via their online TfL account.

The investment in payment systems comes after TfL recently stopped taking cash on London buses – a move the UK Cards Association suggested could pave the way for wider retail industry use of contactless payment, as consumers get increasingly familiar with the technology.

Shashi Verma, TfL's director of customer experience, commented: "Offering the option of contactless payments will make it easier and more convenient for customers to pay for their travel, freeing them of the need to top up Oyster credit and helping them get on board without delay.

"The pilot has been a success, with participants giving us really useful feedback.  This is the latest step in making life easier for our customers by using modern technology to offer the best service possible."

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