Ambitious plan for contactless payment on 32,000 buses in UK by 2020
Within six years’ time every one of Britain’s 32,000 buses will be able to accept contactless payments, using debit or credit cards, under ambitious multi-million-pound plans being developed by the country’s major transport groups and independents, writes Mel Holley of RouteOne.
“Around 76 million contactless cards are now in issue in the UK – a rise of 40% in the past year.
“The news comes just days after the industry’s ‘big five’ revealed that they have delivered on their November 2014 pledge to have multi-operator smartcard ticketing in all nine major city regions in England, covering a quarter of England’s population and 10,000 of the 26,000 buses outside London, by the start of this year.
“Also, many of the regions – Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Tyne and Wear, West Midlands, South and West Yorkshire, Nottingham, Leicester and Bristol – have seen the cost of multi-operator travel fall, with some prices cut by 20%.
“The scheme, funded mainly by the private sector, would offer cashless travel for those who want it and capped pay-as-you-go-fares in all urban areas.
“Contactless transactions are already accepted on London’s 9,600 buses, and passengers in the capital were responsible for 10% of all UK contactless payments in December 2014.
“Robert Montgomery, Stagecoach UK Bus MD and chair of the smart ticketing steering group, says: “This will be the biggest smart ticketing project ever delivered in Britain and a major milestone in providing simpler travel for millions of people.”
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