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Contactless transport moves a step closer

Passengers across the UK could in future be able to pay for their travel using contactless cards and devices, under a new framework which will be unveiled today.

The framework enables transport operators across the country to implement contactless payments on local pay-as-you-go journeys and provides a consistent experience for travellers. It will be unveiled today (Tuesday January 12, 2016) at a parliamentary reception hosted by The UK Cards Association, which represents the card payments industry.

A further tranche of funding has now been provided by the rail operators for a joint project between the card and rail industry exploring how contactless cards and devices could be associated with long-distance train tickets or season tickets, so passengers no longer have to print out tickets.

The UK Cards Association worked with the transport industry to develop the new framework which sets out how contactless cards can be used to pay for pay-as-you-go journeys. This includes single trips, such as a bus journey, or combined travel on more than one type of transport, similar to the system in London.

Speakers at the reception include Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, David Brown, Chief Executive of Go-Ahead and Robert Montgomery, Managing Director of Stagecoach UK Bus.

Melanie Johnson, Chair of The UK Cards Association, said:

“Payment cards play a key role in our lives and we believe this work contributes to making public transport more convenient for millions of passengers.

“Our collaborative project with the transport industry aims to transform the way customers pay for their travel and supports the Government’s objectives.

“This framework sets out how contactless payments can be used to support any journey, whether a single bus ride or a cross-country trip.

“It is pleasing so many people from different organisations and industries have joined us today to mark the collaborative achievement. We are excited we have been asked by the transit industry to continue the project to help them understand how payment cards can be used for advance purchases and season tickets.”

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:

“The smart ticketing revolution is helping to build a modern, affordable transport network that provides better journeys for everyone. By working together, industry, city regions and government have been able to ensure more and more people can use smart ticketing to get around. We are determined to continue driving progress so passengers get the quick and simple journeys that they want and deserve.”

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