|Oyster Celebrates Ten Successful Years|
60 million smartcards have been issued since launch
Oyster - described by Transport for London as the world's most popular transport smartcard - is celebrating ten years of succcess.
Since its launch on June 30, 2003, London's famous transport smartcard has revolutionised the way people pay for travel around the Capital, saving customers time and money.
TfL says Oyster has evolved to meet customers' needs and revolutionised the way transport is paid for in the Capital. Customers soon to have more ticketing options with introduction of contactless payment card technology.
In the ten years since Oyster was publically launched, 60 million cards have been issued and over 85 percent of all rail and bus travel in London is paid for using an Oyster card.
By 2005 daily price capping was introduced and in 2010 Oyster acceptance was expanded to include all commuter rail services within Greater London.
The launch of Oyster Online Accounts in 2012 invaluably helped customers be able to more easily manage their Oyster use by viewing detailed journey history, keeping track of balances and fares paid, and requesting refunds online.
Further improvements are planned for Oyster customers as more features to the new TfL website are launched over the next year.
Paper tickets were first introduced in London in the 1950s and Oyster was conceived from the late 1990s.
TfL's latest plans to improve ticketing include extending the use of contactless debit, credit or charge cards to pay for fares from London's 8,500 buses to the Tube, London Overground, Docklands Light Railway and trams.
TfL says Oyster's popularity is owed to the flexibility and convenience it gives customers such as:
Shashi Verma, TfL's Director of Customer Experience, says: " We know that our customers love the convenience of Oyster, and we are immensely proud to celebrate its decade serving London.
" We are looking forward to extending the added convenience of contactless payments as an option for our rail customers."
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