It’s been confirmed that smart ticketing will be introduced covering five of Scotland’s biggest bus operators by 2017.
Scotland’s National newspaper says the system will be available to three quarters of the country’s population and will eventually be extended to cover railways, ferries and the Glasgow Subway.
Making the announcement, Fiona Kerr, chair of the Confederation of Passenger Transport in Scotland and managing director of First Bus in Scotland, is quoted as saying, “the Scottish bus industry is being clear today in our commitment to transforming how our customers pay for travel.
“Delivering smarter, faster, integrated travel will save them both time and money, and will complement our existing smart and mobile ticketing offerings which are available across all of our bus networks in Scotland.”
The National explains that ome operators already offer their own smart systems, but the new set-up will allow passengers to travel across the country using different operators with just one ticket.
Phase one will see the scheme in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow and their surrounding areas ahead of an expectation that these will eventually link into a Scotland-wide saltirecard to be delivered by Transport Scotland.
(Picture – The National, Scotland showing Fiona Kerr)