Customers using Merseyrail services around the Liverpool area can now make payments of £20 or under, using contactless technology.

Contactless payments with Visa, Maestro and MasterCard will be accepted, and it comes after Transport for London introduced the facility on trains and buses in England's capital city last year.

Food and coffee shops like Caffe Nero, Pret a Manger and Subway were quick to roll out contactless payment terminals, seeing the technology as a way of dealing with busy periods of low-level transactions in an efficient manner.

Health and beauty products retailer Boots announced last week that all of its UK stores can now take contactless payment, and some 48 countries worldwide accept contactless payments, including the US, Australia and Thailand.