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Smart travel gains momentum across the country

The Department for Transport has announced that the government will be working with The UK Cards Association to bring contactless payment to public transport country-wide. Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said that UK Cards will lead a project to coordinate actions among card payment processors, card issuers as well as UK transport operators.

As part of the announcement, Melanie Johnson, chair of The UK Card Association, said:

“Choice and speed of payment is important to customers and contactless cards offer greater convenience when you’re travelling by train or bus. Today’s news builds on the huge success of contactless payments on London transport, with the rapid uptake meaning it now accounts for one in seven of all contactless transactions in the UK.”

“The cards industry is pleased to be working with DfT on this new project which will boost the economy by reducing ticketing costs, delivering efficiency and harnessing the popularity of payment cards. We will be coordinating the collaborative effort on behalf of the card and transit industry including the card schemes, issuers and the payment businesses which enable transactions to take place, as well as transit operators.”

The full press release from the Department for Transport is available here.

For press enquiries please call: 020 3217 8436 or email Press@ukcards-ffauk.org.uk

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