TfL confirms tram network will go ticketless from July 16

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Transport for London today confirmed the foregone conclusion which was apparent last September when it conducted a “consultation” over its decision to remove ticket machines from the tram network.

Make the most of those £2.60 tickets while you can

In an announcement at lunchtime today, TfL said that the ticket machines, which have been a feature of tram stops since the network opened 18 years ago, are to be removed on July 16.

TfL justified its decision by claiming that just 66 paper single tickets are sold per day across entire tram network.

A paper ticket bought from a ticket machine costs £2.60 whereas the equivalent pay-as-you-go single fare with Oyster or a contactless bank card is £1.50. Passengers using pay-as-you-go also have access to the Mayor’s Hopper fare, which gives a second tram or bus journey for free within one hour of touching in on the first tram…

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