Wednesday, 22 May 2013

TfL goes out to tender for ticketing

TRANSPORT FOR LONDON has issued an OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) tender notice for its ticketing  and fare collection services beyond 2015.  The Electra contract is valued at up to £1 billion over ten years and is expected to be awarded in October 2014, with a start date of August 2015.  By then the ticketing system in London should be ITSO - compliant and accept integrated ticketing with the country’s rail network.  The contract covers the  maintenance and availability of some 20,000 pieces of ticketing and fare collection equipment, including machines on 8,500 buses, 1,900 ticket gates at London Underground and Overground stations, and 2,250 National Rail stations. It also covers 1,800 stand - alone ticket validators (including the Docklands Light Railway), 1,600 ticket machines, and 4,000 retail ticketing devices at Ticket Stops across London.

Friday, 17 May 2013

SCNF Members’ Meeting at PayExpo

SCNF members have been offered free places to the PayExpo conference this year.  We are hosting a members’ meeting on the first day so please email if you are planning to attend.
SCNF Member’s meeting – 14:20, 18th June
Chaired by Kevin Farquarson, SCNF Chair

Prepaid in Transport

With case studies from:
·         Kevin Farquharson of SCNF
·         Lindsay Robertson for ITSO
·         Mick Davies Chairman of LASSeO
·         Adele Wearing for Leicester City Council
On Wednesday, 19th June there will be a Transport Ticketing Summer Seminar at the same place. The audience will be European transport operators and local authorities
·        At 1.30pm to 2pm Kevin will present Matt Lewis of Centro who will talk about their smart ticketing scheme and Swift card plans
·        From 3pm to 4pm there will be a discussion moderated by Mike Burden of Consult Hyperion with the topic Contactless payment: encouraging mass user adoption in transport. Taking part in this discussion will be Steve Wakeland, Steve Howes of ATOC, Levente Nagy of the Centre for Budapest Transport, and Erbil Yurdakul of Bankalararasi Kart Merkezi (Turkish Interbank Card Centre)

This is a well attended event and not to be missed for anyone with an interest in Prepaid cards.  You can see the full agenda via the Pay Expo website.

Core Group Election 2013/14

We are now accepting nominations for our online core group elections for 2013/14.  If you would like to stand for election please email with your name, organisation and a short biography about you and the reasons why you wish to join the core group.
This is your chance to make the decisions about the forum's future and programme of events.

Would you like us to do things differently?  Would you like to see us cover a certain topic at one of our events?  Tell us!

The SCNF core group members are located all over the UK and are a mix of sponsor members and Local Authority members.  The local authority members make up most of the core group and we welcome those from varied backgrounds and levels of experience.  The core group has regular teleconferences to discuss event plans, current initiatives and forum growth and they come together at SCNF events if availability allows.

We are also accepting nominations for the posts of treasurer and chairperson so if you would like to stand for these posts please let us know.

The deadline for nominations is 5pm, Friday 21st June.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

ITSO all aboard the Shields Ferry for the Pop card

THE cross - Tyne Shields Ferry is one of the first passenger ferries in the country to accept ITSO - compliant smartcard transactions.

Nexus, which owns and operates the Shields Ferry service, has fitted smartcard readers on its two ferries to accept smart payments using the Popcard.  The Pop card allows the holder access to Metro and Ferry travel in new ways, including online.

Travel products can be easily uploaded on to a Pop card at the new ticket vending machines at Metro stations.

Passengers will eventually be able to use their Pop card on a pay - as - you - go basis, and will be able to upload credit on to their card using their home computer, at local shops and at Metro stations. Pop card readers are already installed at Metro stations across Tyneside and Wearside, and the Shields Ferry has followed suit in a scheme that is transforming the way people access public transport in Tyne and Wear. Director of Customer Services for Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “We believe the Shields Ferry is one of the first crossings in the country to accept ITSO compliant transactions. This is great for our passengers.

Read the full article via the ITSO website here.