A partnership between Transport for London (TfL) and tourism agency VisitBritain will see overseas visitors whizzing around London’s attractions and event spaces quicker than ever before.
That’s because VisitBritain is to become the central distributor of the popular city Oyster travel card, which is soon to be offered from overseas destinations, according to breakingtravelnews.com.
Using the card, Oyster users are able to access London’s public transport network – whether it be train, bus, Tube or tram – for a fraction of the price they’d pay using cash. They can also get onto the network in half the time.
Julie Dixon, head of marketing services at TfL, explained: “Since its introduction, Oyster has offered our customers a cheaper, faster and more efficient way of paying for travel across London’s transport network.
“With VisitBritain’s world-wide contacts they will be able to promote the Oyster card to the millions of people visiting the capital each year, helping visitors to enjoy everything London has to offer,” she continued, cites media.visitbritain.com.
Using an Oyster card, it’s also possible to ride the latest addition to London’s transport network, the Emirates Air Line – the first urban cable car in the UK.
TfL expects that queues at airport ticket halls and Underground stations could be severely reduced as a result of the partnership.