- Customers can now pay for bus journeys using contactless credit or debit cards, Apple Pay or Google Pay
- Faster boarding, secure payments and no need to carry cash
Stagecoach bus passengers across Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex can now pay for their travel using state-of-the-art contactless technology.
Contactless payment is now live on all Stagecoach buses across the three counties - benefitting local passengers who make around 39 million journeys throughout the year.
New dedicated ticket machines have been installed on the fleet of 490 buses and thousands of bus passengers a day will be able to benefit from the new technology, which will help speed up boarding and mean customers don’t have to carry cash.
This latest announcement means that bus customers in the area now have access to a range of technology solutions, including mobile ticketing, real-time journey information and integrated smart ticketing.
Edward Hodgson, Managing Director at Stagecoach South, said “The introduction of contactless is yet another demonstration of the practical improvements bus operators are making for passengers. This is a new fast, easy and secure way for customers to pay for bus travel and complements the many other technology solutions we have introduced recently.
“More of our customers are using contactless cards to pay for coffee, sandwiches and many other day-to-day activities. Transport is a key part of people’s lives and this is another great reason for people to choose greener and smarter bus travel.
Following the recent introduction of m-ticketing technology, the new contactless system is the latest multi-million-pound investment by Stagecoach in new digital tools for bus passengers to make it a more attractive and stress-free option than travelling by car.
Stagecoach has previously introduced integrated smart ticketing as well as a brand new website and smartphone app which allow customers to receive real-time journey information, and the recent launch of mobile ticketing in the region.
The company has also invested over £6m during the past year in brand new cleaner, greener vehicles for local communities.
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