We’ve all heard the annoying announcements at tube stations. Why not use contactless? The fares are the same as Oyster and there’s no need to top up. In fact, as described elsewhere on this site, contactless can often be cheaper than Oyster thanks to the way it compares all combinations of caps and extension fares. However, TfL have unwittingly introduced an issue which means that sometimes contactless may cost more than Oyster.
Yesterday GTR launched new PAYG stations at Radlett, Potters Bar and Brookmans Park. While the first two accept both contactless and Oyster PAYG, Brookmans Park is the first contactless only station. It was clearly necessary for my fare finder to indicate this for any journey to/from Brookmans Park, so some coding changes were rapidly required. … Read more