Londoners can now collect top ups for the Oyster card anywhere on Transport for London's network - including buses

Rebecca Smith
Weekly capping is due to come to the Oyster soon
Weekly capping is due to come to the Oyster soon (Source: Getty)

Londoners can officially now top up their Oyster card and collect it, a Travelcard, or pass, from anywhere on the Transport for London's (TfL) network after 30 minutes.

So, people can collect purchases by touching in at any bus, Tube or rail station, or even a tram stop or river bus pier.

Last month, TfL launched a new app for travellers to check their pay as you go balance on their phones, which has so far proved particularly popular at Stratford, King's Cross and Liverpool Street. The app also sends a low balance alert to the phone to remind people if they need to top up.

TfL is planning more improvements to the Oyster card and wider contactless system next year, including providing passengers with the option to view their journey history for contactless payments through the TfL app, and introducing weekly capping on Oyster to bring it in line with contactless.

There are also plans to roll out pay as you go across the Elizabeth Line. The line will span Reading and Heathrow in the west, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east by December 2019.

The mayor's bus hopper fare will also be expanded next year to allow unlimited journeys on buses and trams within an hour.

Shashi Verma, chief technology officer at TfL, said:

The Oyster card is synonymous with London and has transformed the way people travel by allowing them to pay as you go with minimum effort. These latest improvements allow customers to collect their travel products from anywhere on the TfL network after just 30 minutes – making the commute or visit to see friends and family quicker and convenient.

As smartphones become an increasingly essential part of our customers’ lives, we will continue to develop our app and add new features to help everyone get around London.

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