23 Mar 2018
Stagecoach North Scotland today (23 March 2018) officially launched contactless payments on over 360 buses in the North Scotland area which includes buses in Aberdeenshire, Moray and the Highlands of Scotland.
To celebrate the deployment of the new technology on buses in the north-east, the local bus operator showcased how travel has evolved over the years, being joined by the Royal Highlander horse-drawn coach carriage today.
Over the past 70 years travel has evolved dramatically with deliveries of milk house-to-house still being made by horse and cart throughout Britain in the 1950s. Britain's working animals were key in the economic and social development of the country before they were steadily replaced by mechanical vehicles such as buses. Today’s buses continue to play a critical role in the economic activity of the area connecting people and places and the introduction of contactless payments on-board is the next step in the evolution of travel making it easier to travel by bus.
The initiative allows passengers to pay for their travel with a contactless credit or debit card, as well as Apple Pay and Google Pay. Passengers in Aberdeenshire, Moray, the Highlands and Orkney will benefit from the latest technology which will make boarding quicker and easier. There are currently over 100 million contactless cards in circulation in the UK.
Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director of Stagecoach North Scotland, said: "Bus travel is experiencing a complete transformation and we are delighted to be able to celebrate this today. We continue to invest in new technology to make it easier than ever to catch the bus. From contactless technology and mobile apps to greener vehicles with lower emissions benefitting the environment, buses are the simpler, smarter and greener mobility solution. We will look forward to welcoming passengers on board to try the latest improvement we have introduced to our network across North Scotland."
Aberdeen City Council transport spokesperson Councillor Ross Grant said: “It’s fantastic that Stagecoach North Scotland has invested in contactless payments as it will make travelling by bus easier for Aberdeen residents.
“We are always trying to encourage people to think about alternative forms of transport to using their car so anything which makes bus travel more attractive is very welcomed.”
The introduction of contactless payments is part of a £12 million project across the UK and follows on from the company investment in their mobile app allowing customers to track their bus live as well as purchase their ticket before boarding the bus.
Note: Contactless payments on Service X7 operated by Stagecoach East Scotland will be available late 2018.