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Welham Green station goes contactless

But the train operator says Oyster cards can’t be used

One of three contactless PAYG readers at Welham Green station
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The contactless pay-as-you-go (PAYG) readers installed at Welham Green station last week are now active.

Rail travellers may now tap in and tap out with contactless cards.

However, signs are being posted stating that Oyster is not valid at the station and can’t be used on the machines.

Station staff say the restrictions will be the same as those at Brookmans Park station.

The contactless PAYG advisory sign at Brookmans Park station
Station staff say the same rules apply at Welham Green

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Contactless PAYG was installed at Brookmans Park station three months ago.

Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City have also been connected to the system this week.

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Transport for London (TfL) spent the last week testing the system before making it available to the public.

Contactless, but not Oyster

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.

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