UK develops new framework to support contactless payments in public transport

The UK Cards Association has developed a new framework in collaboration with Britain's public transport operators

UK develops new framework to support contactless payments in public transport

The UK Cards Association has developed a new framework in collaboration with Britain’s public transport operators to enable UK passengers use contactless cards and devices to pay for their travel.

The framework has been designed to help UK transport operators implement contactless payments on local pay-as-you-go journeys, which includes single trips or combined travel on more than one type of transport.

UK’s five main bus operators namely Stagecoach, First Bus, Go-Ahead, Arriva and National Express plan to produce a business case for launching the technology before mid-2016.

Stagecoach UK Bus managing director and chair of the major operators’ steering group on smart ticketing Robert Montgomery said: “This contactless initiative would be the biggest smart ticketing project ever delivered in Britain and a major milestone in providing simpler travel for the millions of people who rely on buses.”

The UK Cards Association chair Melanie Johnson remarked: “Payment cards play a key role in our lives and we believe this work contributes to making public transport more convenient for millions of passengers.

“Our collaborative project with the transport industry aims to transform the way customers pay for their travel and supports the government’s objectives.”