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« on: February 22, 2021, 09:36:51 am »

Hello All,

I have heard a rumour that contactless roll out is going to be rolled out to Windsor/Marlow/Henley branches in March. I see this as being a great step forward removing islands of paper in the contactless sea of Paddington to Reading. Does anybody know anything more? Is this definite? Is it still going to be March?
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2021, 02:44:29 pm »

Hello All,

I have heard a rumour that contactless roll out is going to be rolled out to Windsor/Marlow/Henley branches in March. I see this as being a great step forward removing islands of paper in the contactless sea of Paddington to Reading. Does anybody know anything more? Is this definite? Is it still going to be March?

Excellent question, and welcome to the forum.   I'm afraid I'm just saying "welcome" - don't have an answer for you, but lots of members visit the forum over a day or two and chances are that someone will know, and will follow up.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2021, 03:24:55 pm »

Hello All,

I have heard a rumour that contactless roll out is going to be rolled out to Windsor/Marlow/Henley branches in March. I see this as being a great step forward removing islands of paper in the contactless sea of Paddington to Reading. Does anybody know anything more? Is this definite? Is it still going to be March?

Bump ... anyone have an answer for our new member?

I had a look at the web site of the Maidenhead and Marlow Passenger Association to see if thy have anything that might provide an answer.  https://www.mmpa.org.uk/index.html . Clear sign of recent updates to the site including upcoming changes to train times in March for engineering, but no whisper I could see on ticketing changes.
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2021, 11:27:12 am »

Was discussed at MMPA Committee Zoom last night.

Have heard the rumour, but have heard nothing official from GWR. The  March date seems unlikely. As far as we know no work has yet started on installng the touch pads, certainly not on the Marlow Branch.


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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2021, 11:51:27 am »

I can't see any mention of the existing contactless pay as you go on the Reading-Paddington main line on GWR's own website.  Am I just not looking hard enough, or is it really not there?
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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2021, 12:13:58 pm »

I think that's because it's TFL. It's very confuisng there are several threaads on this topic.

One I found is in All across the Great Western territory > Fare's Fair > What counts as PM off peak?
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2021, 12:26:00 pm »

I can't see any mention of the existing contactless pay as you go on the Reading-Paddington main line on GWR's own website.  Am I just not looking hard enough, or is it really not there?

https://www.gwr.com/plan-journey/tickets-railcards-and-season-tickets/contactless-payment

Granted, it doesn't exactly leap out at you when visiting the website!  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2021, 01:43:40 pm »

It's a confusing word, "contactless", isn't it? It's mostly used (outside transport) for payment using bank (debit and credit) cards, and TFL use it for that alternative to Oyster cards. But originally "contactless" applied to the near-field communications link used for those and also for mobile phones and ITSO cards (GWR's and others'). So I guess if GWR use the word they probably do mean the "touch" pads* on ticket gates, since their systems don't work with bank cards.

* the ones you don't need to touch with the ticket carrier!
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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2021, 12:13:59 pm »

London to Reading works on the TfL contactless system, which is bank cards, and Oyster within the London zonal system. You just touch in and then touch out, and then all your travelling (including on tubes & buses) for the day is debited to the card - there are also daily and weekly caps. Telling people who are not so familiar with public transport that they can use their bank card, and no need to queue up at the ticket office simplifies things enormously, and encourages them to use in preference to their cars. No need to decide if a weekly season is needed in advance is a great benefit if you are not certain which days you might be travelling.
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