Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and Welham Green are the latest Govia Thameslink Railway stations to welcome the convenience of pay as you go with contactless.
Pay as you go with contactless generally offers the cheapest single fares towards London by customers simply touching their contactless payment card or smartphone payment app on the yellow readers at the station.
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), parent company of Great Northern, has worked with Transport for London and the Department for Transport (DfT) to extend the contactless system to WGC, Hatfield and Welham Green – in addition to the Key Smartcard, KeyGo and paper tickets.
Thameslink and Great Northern Managing Director Tom Moran said: “The arrival of pay as you go with contactless at WGC, Hatfield and Welham Green marks the completion of this year’s ambitious roll-out project, which has seen 13 stations on the GTR network welcome the convenient payment method. We have worked closely with the Department for Transport and Transport for London to bring contactless to our stations, giving customers greater choice and generally lower single fares.”
Shashi Verma, Chief Technology Officer at Transport for London, said: “It is great that we have been able to work with Govia Thameslink Railway to complete the latest expansion of pay as you go with contactless on their services. Almost 25 million journeys in and around London are now made using contactless every week, making travel more convenient and accessible for all.”
Mike Guerra, of Welham Green Rail Users Group, said: “I am pleased that it will now be possible to obtain just-in-time ticketless access for rail journeys into London without having to queue for tickets at a busy ticket vending machine. For passengers used to TfL’s pay as you go system where contactless card use is becoming the norm, this is an important step, perhaps looking forward to a time when ticketless travel will be the norm across the national transport system.”