Apple Pay speeds up payments on the Tube

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A commuter using their Apple Watch to enter the tubeImage copyrightGetty Images
Image caption The Express Transit feature will apply to the latest iPhones and Apple Watches

Apple has tweaked its Apple Pay service in an effort to reduce queues at London Tube-station barriers.

The Express Transit feature means commuters will experience shorter payment times when they tap in to the Tube using their iPhone or Apple Watch.

It works by doing away with the need to authenticate payments via face recognition or a fingerprint scan.

The move brings Apple Pay into line with Android Pay, which already allows commuters to simply tap in and out.

The Express Transit feature will work on iPhone SE, 6S and later models as well as the Apple Watch.