Contactless payment installed across Merseyrail network

Contactless payment has been rolled out across all 63 Merseyrail stations as the operator seeks to improve its ticketing services.

The technology, which has been developed by Fujitsu and Ingenico, allows passengers to use contactless payment cards to pay for smaller transactions without having to use chip & PIN terminals.

Both manned and un-manned ticketing facilities now have the terminals.

Paul Patterson, executive director at Fujitsu, said: “Enabling rail companies to keep up with the latest technology is key to enhancing the customer experience.

“Contactless payment technology will allow Merseyrail to increase the quality and speed of its service and ensure customers’ data, while our collaboration with Ingenico will ensure that their data is protected to the highest standard.”

Maarten Spaargaren, Merseyrail’s managing director, added: “The total volume of contactless transactions now represents 9.13 per cent of all card payments, with that figure steadily going up.”