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Contactless readers installed at Welham Green station

System currently being tested before going live


Contactless reader by the ticket office on the north-bound platform at Welham Green station  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Contactless reader by the ticket office on the north-bound platform
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Contactless pay-as-you go (PAYG) has reached Welham Green station, three months after becoming active at Brookmans Park.

However the machines are not yet available for public use.

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Transport for London (TfL) are in the process of testing the new system before it goes live.

A spokesperson for GTR said they “hope to announce a launch date very soon”.

Contactless reader by the stairs on the north-bound platform at Welham Green station  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Contactless reader by the stairs on the north-bound platform
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Contactless, but not Oyster


The spokesperson has confirmed that the PAYG contactless readers can’t be used with Oyster cards.

There had previously been some confusion about whether Oyster cards would be rolled out to Welwyn Hatfield, but GTR says that is not the case.
“Customers will not be able to use Oyster cards at Welham Green, however it is worth noting that contactless has overtaken Oyster in terms of popularity.”
When asked when daily/weekly caps will be applied to contactless payments at both Welham Green and Brookmans Park, the spokesperson said that capping is set to be introduced at both early next year.

Railcards, GroupSave and other discounts


According to GTR, it’s not possible for customers to benefit from Railcard, GroupSave, and other discounts when using PAYG with contactless.

However they say the full range of paper ticket fares remains in place for passengers to continue to benefit from these discounts/offers.


Contactless reader by the stairs on the south-bound platform at Welham Green station  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Contactless reader by the stairs on the south-bound platform
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0





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