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1,300 people using Oyster and contactless payments on trains from Dartford every day

PUBLISHED: 11:13 06 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:13 06 September 2016

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Conservative MP Gareth Johnson has welcomed the figures since the payment system was introduced a year ago

Thousands of passengers are using Oyster and contactless payments on trains from Dartford every day, according to new figures.

The payment system was introduced a year ago to provide quicker and easier journeys for commuters and figures from Southeastern show that during the first five months of 2016, an average of 1,300 people each weekday used Oyster or contactless to travel from north Kent.

Travellers used one of these payment systems in 44 per cent of all journeys made from Dartford and 52 per cent of journeys to the London area.

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson said: “These figures speak for themselves. I was optimistic a year ago that bringing the Oyster Card to Dartford would be successful so I was happy to achieve this aim.

“I am glad it has been popular and has helped Dartford commuters with their journeys.

“It was always an anomaly that you could use Oyster cards on the buses in Dartford but not on the trains.

“What these figures prove is that this technology is wanted, it is needed and it is well used and it should be rolled out to all the stations in the area.”

Over the same period, contactless journeys formed around a fifth of the combined Oyster and contactless total and this has been steadily increasing.

During the same period, the use of paper tickets has decreased by a quarter compared to the same time last year, while overall, the number of journeys made from Dartford each weekday has increased by around a third.

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