More than 20,000 Metro passengers are enjoying the benefit of contactless card payment at ticket machines, new figures show.
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, introduced Paywave contactless technology to its 225 new ticket machines earlier this year.
And it has proved a hit with passengers, speeding up the time it takes to make card payments, and being used by thousands of people every week.
Tobyn Hughes, Deputy Director General of Nexus, said: “Paywave speeds up card payment and is just one way we have made it easier to buy and make journeys on Metro.
“The number of contactless payments has risen steadily since we introduced Paywave in the summer and was above 20,000 a month in the run-up to Christmas.”
The new machines are part of the biggest roll-out of smart travel outside London, and allow people to pay for annual, four-weekly and weekly season tickets and load them onto Pop cards. Network One multi-modal tickets can also be bought at machines.
Customers can choose to pay with cash or credit and debit cards, including contactless Paywave cards for transactions below a certain value.