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29.1.16

CARD SYSTEM instead of CASH PAYMENT on * UK BUSES

* London-style smart ticketing to be installed on buses across England
-- Electronic ticketing systems similar to those used in London are to be installed on buses across England under reforms to be introduced next month... The Buses Bill will give local authorities the power to demand that companies bidding for bus franchises implement smart ticketing systems similar to the Oyster cards and contactless bank card payments used in the capital. Councils will also be able to call for franchises to set up smartphone apps so commuters can track the whereabouts of their next bus... Integrated smart ticketing systems would mean that it becomes easier to buy return fares in areas using more than one bus operator. At present, passengers usually have to return with the same bus company or pay more for two separate one-way tickets... The five biggest bus operators, including Arriva and Go-Ahead, this month pledged to introduce contactless travel on all their buses by 2022, but smaller companies are thought to be resistant... 
(Photo from Getty - The Oyster card system, replacing cash payment, is to be duplicated across the UK)  --  London, EN, UK - Independent, by Mark Leftly - 23 January 2016

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