More than 3.2m journeys across London’s transport network were made using mobile devices in the second half of 2015, Transport for London (TfL) has revealed, and over 35,000 journeys a day are now being made using a mobile device.
The share of mobile devices in overall contactless use has also been growing, standing at approximately 3.5% in December, TfL’s Commissioner’s Report for February reveals.
“Apple Pay’s launch in July saw a flurry of new mobile devices used on our system, followed by later spikes as issuing banks were added to the Apple Pay system,” the transport organisation says. “Overall, the growth of new devices has stabilised and is similar to that for cards.”
The proportion of contactless journeys made also continues to increase each week, the report shows, and has now reached 26.6% for Tube and rail journeys and 23% for bus journeys, with nearly 25,000 new cards being used every day. Overall, 9m contactless cards from 80 countries have been used to pay for journeys across the capital city.
The use of contactless cards reached a daily peak of 1.7m in the run up to Christmas and, since contactless technology made its launch across the transport system in September 2014, more than 300m journeys have been made using contactless cards.