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Oyster users can pay £100 more than contactless card users each week

Posted at 8:00 am, November 10, 2014 in News, Transport

Still using your Oyster card? It might be time to switch to contactless payment if you’re a pay as you go customer.

Analysis by the Labour party has found that an Oyster card user could potentially end up paying almost £100 more for their weekly travel than someone using their bank card.

It’s because TfL has introduced a weekly cap on bank card payments, while Oyster card users still only have a daily cap (unless you buy a weekly travel card).

The study showed that passengers travelling through zones 4-7 seven days a week would pay £121.20 using Oyster and £29.40 using contactless. Those travelling through zones 1-4 would pay £68.40 using Oyster, where as contactless card users would be charged £45.

TfL said: ‘The same fares apply to both contactless and Oyster.’

Now that’s cleared up, here are 41 beautiful pictures of the London Underground.

Correction: An earlier version of this post said that the ‘average’ Oyster user spent £100 more than the average contactless user. In fact this figure only applies to a very specific subset of journeys. The article has been updated to reflect this.

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