Train operator c2c, which runs rail services for commuters across London, Southend and Essex, is offering free Barclaycard bPay contactless payment wristbands to 8,000 selected local rail passengers in East London and Thurrock to enable them to access cheaper rail travel by tapping to pay with their wrist.
“These selected passengers all currently buy either weekly Travelcards or point-to-point season tickets within the Oyster pay-as-you-go area,” c2c says. “They could save money by using bPay instead because they become eligible for the lower daily and weekly capping that applies to contactless travel payment.
“This would save those making the longest journeys up to £80 a month compared to the cost of their current tickets. Current c2c passengers who would benefit from switching are being emailed directly with a unique code to register for their free bPay wristband.”
“We’re teaming up with bPay to help local rail passengers save money,” says c2c managing director Julian Drury. “If they register for one of these free wristbands, they can benefit from cheaper travel, plus make fast, easy and secure payments at thousands of retailers every day.”
Contactless payment is currently available on c2c anywhere within the London travelcard zones and at Chafford Hundred, Ockendon, Purfleet and Grays. According to the company, the contactless payment system will be extended to the rest of the c2c route by 2017.