BP, Spar, Costa, Starbucks, Subway, Waitrose and M&S Simply Food are the major brands on UK forecourts which will accept customer transactions using Apple Pay, when it is launched in the UK next month.

Apple Pay will enable consumers to use their iphones (6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch) to make purchases using contactless payment technology with inbuilt security features to make payment secure and private.

The technology was launched in the US last October with 200,000 locations and will soon exceed one million.

Yves Bortolini, cards and payment manager at BP Oil UK said: “BP started accepting contactless payment in 2013 and it has proven to be increasingly popular with customers. As we always aim to be at the forefront of innovation and to offer great service, BP will offer Apple Pay to give customers an easy, secure and private way to pay.”

Spar UK managing director Debbie Robinson said: “Apple Pay will offer huge benefits to our customers and retailers. It is perfect for high-value purchases at our forecourt garages and larger convenience stores. It will also appeal to busy shoppers doing their top-up shopping at Spar stores up and down the country. Apple Pay meets all of our customer requirements, including increased security and privacy. It also offers our Spar retailers huge benefits such as increased footfall, improved customer service and faster transactions in-store. We feel the UK is about to witness one of the most radical changes to the way in which shoppers pay for goods, led by Apple Pay, and Spar will be one of the first retail chains to support this new mobile payment revolution.”

Robinson said Spar had been working for many years on its payment solution to ensure it is ready for the contactless revolution, with the number of Spar stores accepting contactless payment having soared. She said Apple Pay was easy to set up and users would continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by their credit and debit cards.