The latest figures from the UK Cards Association show that spending on contactless cards rose more than three-fold in 2015 to reach £7.75 billion.

There were 1.05 billion contactless card purchases in 2015 in the UK (up 228% on the previous year) and 140 million contactless transactions in December – the equivalent to 52 every second.

Graham Peacop, Chief Executive of the UK Cards Association, said: “Whether it’s to stock up in the supermarket, travel to work, or buy your lunch, contactless is a fast, easy and secure way to make payments. With a contactless payment, you no longer have to fumble around for the loose change in your purse or wallet. You can simply pay using a contactless card or with your mobile phone.”

Recent figures from Transport for London (TfL) showed that more than one million journeys are now made on the network every day using contactless.