Government wants nationwide smart ticketing

Smart ticketing

Smart ticketing for public transport could be rolled out across the country if a new government initiative gets the go ahead.

The system, similar to that of London's Oyster card, would see mobile phones and bank cards featuring universal integrated smart ticketing technology. This would enable them to be swiped to pay directly for journeys.

Transport Minister Sadiq Khan said in a statement: "We know that passengers want quicker journeys and better reliability, and smart ticketing will help us do that."

"We could see the end to waiting in line at ticket machines, while buses could spend half the amount of time sitting at the bus stop waiting for people to board and looking for the right change. In some cases, direct payments may even do away with the need for a ticket at all."

The Government has estimated 2 billion in savings from the scheme through improved journey times and more reliable purchasing and use of tickets.

Jonathan Bray, director of the Passenger Transport Executive Group, said in a statement: "We fully share the Government's ambition to see smart ticketing introduced across Britain's largest urban areas as soon as possible."

"Oyster card has become intrinsic to London life - passengers have a right to expect a similar deal in the next tier of major urban areas."

Consultations on the proposal will close on 23 October with a full document to be released later this year.

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