Monday, 8 November 2010

Pre-paid in Public Transport Workshop

Norman Baker, Under Secretary of State for Transport has recently re-inforced his expectation that one smart card should be used to travel seamlessly anywhere in the country, possibly including bikes and car clubs.

While this is already possible for holders of a concessionary transport smart card, how will it be realised for those of us who have to pay for each journey on public transport?

On one hand TfL has firmly committed to introduce support for contactless debit and credit cards to be used, making it much easier for occasional visitors to travel. Also by 2012, you should be able to travel through or into London with an ITSO ticket. Elsewhere regional schemes are thinking about various methods of pre-paid travel and "stored travel rights", but are they compatible for seamless travel - does an Oxford pound buy a journey in Leicester? What do you need to make the journey experience better and public transport more accessible? Is the hassle of loading your card just moving from the station to a kiosk or corner shop?

It explore these challenges and the consequences of enabling pre-paid EMV cards for use on public transport, SCNF is holding a workshop on 24th Nov in conjunction with Global Pre-paid Exchange. If you have thoughts, questions or would like to participate, please contact us on

Kevin Farquharson & Steve Beecroft
Co-Chairs SCNF see

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