22 May 2015
Stagecoach bus passengers are to benefit from a new smartcard ticketing scheme which has been launched in North Scotland.
The StagecoachSmartcard scheme – which is now live across Stagecoach services in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Buchan, Inverness, Lochaber, Skye, Caithness and Orkney - allows Stagecoach bus passengers to store their travel electronically on a smartcard instead of using paper tickets. For the first time, it also offers customers the chance to pay for their travel through hassle-free automatic payments.
The introduction of smart ticketing technology is another demonstration of Stagecoach’s commitment to making travel easier and more convenient for its customers.
Managing Director of Stagecoach North Scotland, Steve Walker, said: “We carry over 20 million bus passengers a year in North Scotland and we know we have a responsibility to our customers to continue introducing new technology and new ideas to improve their travel experience.
“Smart ticketing is fast becoming an important part of everyday life for public transport users and we believe the launch of this new technology will help encourage even more people to try our greener, smarter bus services.”
The launch of StagecoachSmart across North Scotland also offers passengers the chance to sign up to the company’s new Megarider Xtra ticket which allows monthly payments to be debited from the customer’s bank account on an agreed date each month, meaning they no longer have to renew their ticket manually. The customer’s Megarider Xtra ticket is stored on their StagecoachSmart travel card and simply remains valid for travel until the payment is cancelled.
From now on, Stagecoach customers who purchase a 4 Week Megarider or Megarider Xtra ticket online will have their ticket sent out to them on a StagecoachSmart travel card with their travel loaded on to it. Once customers have a StagecoachSmart card they can load their bus tickets on to it time and time again either online or on board the bus.
To use it passengers simply hold their smartcard over the card reader on the bus to record their journey.
Stagecoach Group has introduced StagecoachSmart travel cards at all of its bus companies in England, as well as in the west of Scotland, and was also the first major operator to accept concessionary smartcard transactions on every one of its buses outside London. More than 240million journeys are now made each year on Stagecoach bus and rail services using smartcards.