London licenses contactless payment technology worldwide

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Image caption London's buses started accepting contactless technology in 2012

Transport for London has licensed its contactless payment technology for use by other cities in a deal it claims could raise up to £15m.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is under pressure to fulfil a pledge to freeze fares and find savings as TfL's subsidy is cut.

Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) helped introduce the Oystercard system in 2003.

It is currently bidding to supply the New York Metro system.

CTS already supplies smartcard ticketing technology to Sydney, Brisbane, Vancouver and Chicago.

The licence grants CTS access to London's contactless system and lets it tailor the technology for other urban transport networks.

"I made a firm commitment to sell Transport for London's expertise around the globe," Mr Khan said.

"We will use the income from those deals for further investment in new infrastructure and to freeze TfL fares."

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Image caption The old way: Bob Kiley, a former London transport commissioner, uses a paper ticket to travel to work in 2001

TfL said it was the first of a number of planned deals to sell London transport expertise abroad.

Contactless technology in London

  • 2003: Oystercards introduced
  • 2012: Contactless launched for bus passengers
  • 2014: Tube and rail services accept contactless payments, while buses go cash-free
  • 2015: TfL accepts Apple Pay

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