TfL and Raphaels Bank team up for Euro cash points
Transport for London has teamed up with Raphaels Bank to launch a network of cash points at underground stations.
Transport for London (TfL) has teamed up with Raphaels Bank to launch a network of cash points at underground stations dispensing both sterling and Euros.
The cash points will be installed at 70 underground stations across the London Transport network, and will offer sterling withdrawals free of charge for UK cardholders. Withdrawals of Euros will be commission-free and at competitive exchange rates.
Beth Williams, head of ATMs for Raphaels Bank, said: “Building on our existing estate of ATMs in key London travel hubs, Raphaels Bank is delighted to be working with TfL to serve the 4m daily users of the Tube.
“Convenience is paramount for busy London commuters. With Euros now available at over 70 stations across the Tube network, users of the Underground have instant access to cash on the way to the airport, Eurostar terminal, home or work, rather than being limited to the usual opening hours of banks and outlets for foreign currency.”
A survey of 2,000 travellers commissioned by Raphaels revealed that as many as 38% do not buy currency before going on holiday.
Graeme Craig, director of commercial development at TfL, said: “As part of our ongoing plans to improve the services on offer for our customers, we have worked with Raphaels Bank to install these cash points at stations across our network.
“Millions of people use our network each year, including going to or from an airport, Eurostar and coach stations, and these machines have been installed to make it easier for people to access the currency they need.”
Figures from the UK’s Office of National Statistics earlier this year showed that London is now the most popular tourist destination in the world, with 17m visitors last year, and it is hoped the new ATMs will also make it easier for visitors to the capital to access the currency they need.
However, the move may seem counter-intuitive when seen alongside some of TfL’s other recent manoeuvres.
The capital’s buses stopped accepting cash on 6 July, a move TfL said would save a cool £24m a year.
Passengers must now pay by Oyster card, contactless payment card, or a prepaid or concessionary ticket.
TfL said cash fares made up less than 1% of bus journeys this year – down from around 25% a decade ago.
The government department is also rolling out the capability for travellers to use other contactless payment cards as well as Oyster cards across the Tube, tram, DLR, Overground and National Rail services.