News

        1. Metro passengers make 2.5 million smart journeys
        2. Smart ticketing is neigh bother in Douglas, Isle of Man
        3. Centro urges passengers to hop on board for Catch the Bus Week
        4. City centre shop staff ditch the car for Catch the Bus Week
        5. New concessionary travel system takes flight in the islands
        6. Centro demonstrates smart ticketing pilot to European partners
        7. Reading cow poo bus sets speed record
        8. New smartcard for buses in Weston-super-Mare
        9. Reading Bus to attempt world records on poo bus
        10. Transport Focus publishes survey results for Norfolk holdall® card
        11. ACT opens new office and test centre in Cardiff
        12. Abellio launch new ScotRail franchise
        13. 64% prefer to pay by smartcard in West Yorkshire
        14. Smart travel gains momentum across the country
        15. East Anglia passengers to benefit from smart ticketing roll out
        16. Test of smart ticket gates underway at Huddersfield Rail Station
        17. New £50 million package of benefits for South West Trains passengers
        18. New deal for rail passengers in west of England and Wales
        19. Future Railway launches Train Operator Competition worth £6 million co-funding
        20. New smartcard for bus users in Windsor and Maidenhead
        21. South Yorkshire Smartcards soon to be topped up at Payzone
        22. SPT Subway Smartcard now live on Payzone
        23. Norfolk concessionary travel card amnesty
        24. Walrus rolls out with full Merseyside launch of electronic Saveaway
        25. Perth secondary pupils to benefit from smarter travel
        26. Red Funnel ferries start to install ITSO-compliant ticket machines
        27. Smart travel is now hot in the South West thanks to SWSAL
        28. Multi-operator smart ticketing launched in South Tyneside
        29. Tyne and Wear Pop card smart ticketing system wins European award
        30. Derby launches Spectrum tickets on a smartcard

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Metro passengers make 2.5 million smart journeys

7 July

Tyne and Wear Metro passengers have made more than 2.5 million journeys using ITSO-based smartcards since the start of April, new figures show.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, estimates that about 80,000 adults and students now hold their season tickets on smartcards, making 35,000 journeys every week day.

http://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-passengers-make-25m-smart-journeys

Smart ticketing is neigh bother in Douglas, Isle of Man

1 July

Customers can no buy smart tickets for horse-drawn trams in DouglasGloucestershire saves costs through ACT Analytics

https://www.itso.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ITSOnews-July-2015.pdf

30 June

Gloucestershire County Council is using ACT’s new Analytics tool which helps local authorities and transport planners interrogate their passenger and transport data, including that which is collected in their ITSO-based smart ticketing systems.

This can help when trying to plan services or identify fraud.

http://www.weareact.com/news/improving-transport-services-through-act-analytics/

Centro urges passengers to hop on board for Catch the Bus Week

26 June

Centro is running a selfie competition with a prize of a four-week nBus ticket loaded onto an ITSO-based Swift card, to encourage people to use buses.

http://centro.org.uk/about-us/news/2015/passengers-urged-to-hop-on-board-for-catch-the-bus-week/

City centre shop staff ditch the car for Catch the Bus Week

25 June

120 employees from Sheffield’s Fargate and Orchard Square shops are making the switch to public transport for 28 days. They are being encouraged to do so by the Sheffield Bus Partnership and the government-funded Busboost project. They have been given a month’s free travel loaded onto ITSO-based regional TravelMaster smartcards.

http://www.sypte.co.uk/media.aspx?id=4514

New concessionary travel system takes flight in the islands

9 June

From this month, the 50 or so residents on Papa Westray and North Ronaldsay, who are eligible each year for 12 free return air trips to the Orkney mainland, will be able to travel with just their ITSO-based National Entitlement Cards, rather than a book of paper tickets.

New electronic ticket machines at Kirkwall Airport will replace the current paper tickets, making journeys smoother and keeping track of remaining entitlements easier.

http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/news/new-concessionary-travel-system-takes-flight-islands#sthash.atEgUZPj.dpuf

Centro demonstrates smart ticketing pilot to European partners

27 May

Technology that works out how a passenger can best make their journey and which is the most suitable ticket is being developed under a Centro pilot project.

Centro’s journey planner is part of a €4 million European Union project called ‘MobiWallet’ to improve smart ticketing technology.

The project will be integrated with the region’s ITSO-based Swift smartcard system.

http://centro.org.uk/about-us/news/2015/centro-demonstrates-smart-ticketing-pilot-to-european-partners/

Reading cow poo bus sets speed record

19 May

Reading Buses succeeds in setting a world record to be the fastest bus and deliver the fastest smart ticket

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-32801974

New smartcard for buses in Weston-super-Mare

6 May

Travelwest has teamed up with local bus operator Crosville and sQuid, the eMoney payments network, to introduce the very latest in [ITSO] smartcard technology designed to make your life that much easier.

http://travelwest.info/bus/new-smart-card-buses-weston-super-mare

Reading Bus to attempt world records on poo bus

17 April

Reading Buses has launched an attempt to be the fastest bus in the world and to deliver the fastest ever on-board [ITSO] ticket

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/reading-buses-attempts-set-world-9066687

Transport Focus publishes survey results for Norfolk holdall® card

9 April

Chief Executive of Transport Focus, Anthony Smith, says: “So overall good for passengers, staff, bus companies and the council – more please!”

http://www.transportfocus.org.uk/blog/2015/04/09/smart-ticketing-outside-london-the-norfolk-holdall/

ACT opens new office and test centre in Cardiff

2 April

As well as providing an innovative test and research centre, ACT’s Cardiff office provides convenient, local support for its many customers in Wales.

http://www.weareact.com/news/act-opens-new-office-and-test-centre-in-cardiff/

Abellio launch new ScotRail franchise

1 April

Future plans include a Scottish nationwide smartcard to serve an integrated transport network and make travel easier.

http://www.abellio.com/sites/default/files/downloads/150401_sr_press_release.pdf

64% prefer to pay by smartcard in West Yorkshire

27 March

That’s just one of the results of a survey conducted by First Bus

http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/latest_news/?id=012521

Smart travel gains momentum across the country

26 March

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer announced 3 initiatives today (26 March 2015) to accelerate the introduction of smart ticketing across the country.

  • At a meeting with the Smart Cities Partnership, the minister announced that over £620,000 will be invested over the next 2 years to extend smart ticketing across the rail network in the West Midlands.
  • She also presided over the signing of a concordat that sets out the basis for cooperation between bus operators and members of the partnership to start delivering smart, multi-operator ticketing in 2015.
  • Separately, the minister announced that the government will be working with the UK Cards Association – the body representing the card payments industry – to bring contactless payment to public transport country-wide.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/smart-travel-gains-momentum-across-the-country

East Anglia passengers to benefit from smart ticketing roll out

26 March

Passengers commuting from East Anglia and Essex to London will soon benefit from the ease and flexibility provided by smart tickets, Transport Minister Baroness Kramer announced today.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/east-anglia-passengers-to-benefit-from-smart-ticketing-roll-out

Test of smart ticket gates underway at Huddersfield Rail Station

25 March

Testing on ITSO upgrades to ticket gates at Huddersfield rail station is underway.

Nine upgraded tickets gates, capable of reading MCard smartcards and Concessionary cards for Young People, Scholars and 16-25 PhotoCard holders are now being trialled.

http://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/News/Articles/Smart-Ticket-testing-Huddersfield-Rail/

New £50 million package of benefits for South West Trains passengers

25 March

The package includes further introduction of ITSO-based smart ticketing across the network and 170 new easy-to-use ticket machines.

http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/50mpackageofbenefits.aspx

New deal for rail passengers in west of England and Wales

23 March

The government has reached an agreement with First Group plc for First Great Western (FGW) to continue to operate trains between London Paddington, the Cotswolds, South Wales and the south west until April 2019.

This includes a commitment to providing ITSO-compliant ticketing capabilities as part of the SEFT programme.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/rail-franchising-great-western

Future Railway launches Train Operator Competition worth £6 million co-funding

18 March

The FutureRailway programme is offering £6m to co-fund innovative proposals to address key challenges faced by UK train operating companies.

http://www.futurerailway.org/competitions/Pages/default.aspx

New smartcard for bus users in Windsor and Maidenhead

5 March

The Courtney Connect smartcard is launched.

http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/news_18314_new_smartcard_for_bus_users_now_available_from_the_council.htm

South Yorkshire Smartcards soon to be topped up at Payzone

1 March

Smartcard tickets available in more than 300 Payzone shops from 30 March. 

http://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/smartcard-Coming_soon/

SPT Subway Smartcard now live on Payzone

27 February

SPT’s Subway Smartcard can now be topped up at Payzone outlets across Glasgow. As an addition to using ticket machines within stations, customers can now use 45 Payzone local retail stores, all within walking distance of Subway stations.

http://www.spt.co.uk/2015/02/spt-subway-smartcard-now-live-on-payzone/

Norfolk concessionary travel card amnesty

26 February

Concessionary travel card users in Norfolk are being given until 7 April to make sure their smartcard is valid before a new ‘hot listing’ system blocks their free travel.

http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/news/NCC163362

Walrus rolls out with full Merseyside launch of electronic Saveaway

10 February

An electronic version of Saveaway – Merseytravel’s off-peak day ticket for buses, trains and ferries – will be available to buy on an ITSO-compliant Walrus smart card across the whole of Merseyside from next month (9th March).

It follows a trial in Wirral which has seen more than  45,000 smart Saveaways sold since their launch at the end of November 2014.

http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/about-us/media-centre/news/Pages/Walrus-roll-out.aspx

Perth secondary pupils to benefit from smarter travel

9 February

Secondary school pupils in Perth are benefiting from a new, more efficient, smart ticketing scheme which makes it easier for them to travel between the city’s high schools and college by bus.

http://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/10468/Perth-secondary-pupils-to-benefit-from-smarter-travel

Red Funnel ferries start to install ITSO-compliant ticket machines

4 February

See ITSOnews at https://www.itso.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ITSOnews-February-2015.pdf

Smart travel is now hot in the South West thanks to SWSAL

4 February

See ITSOnews at https://www.itso.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ITSOnews-February-2015.pdf

Multi-operator smart ticketing launched in South Tyneside

30 January

Bus passengers across South Tyneside will be the first to benefit from a transformational new multi-operator smart ticketing scheme that will mean they can catch the first bus to their destination.

The scheme – which uses Government standard ITSO technology – was launched today (Fri 30 Jan) by operators Stagecoach North East and Go North East.

To find out more about the new smart ticket, see http://www.simplygo.com/smartzone or http://www.stagecoachbus.com/southshields

Tyne and Wear Pop card smart ticketing system wins European award

29 January

The ITSO-based Tyne and Wear Metro’s smartcard ticketing system has been voted the best in Europe.

Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has scooped Best Smart Ticketing Service at the 2015 Transport Ticketing Awards in London in conjunction with its contractors Ecebs and Scheidt & Bachmann, beating off competition from the UK, Spain and the Netherlands.

More than 100,000 Metro passengers now use smart products to make their journeys, including the Pop card and concessionary smart cards for older and disabled people.

And the ease of smart travel has contributed to a healthy growth in Metro passenger numbers, which are up 8% in the last year.

http://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metros-smart-ticket-system-voted-best-europe

Derby launches Spectrum tickets on a smartcard

18 January

Operators Arriva, trentbarton, Notts & Derby and Kinchbus can now accept smart versions of the ITSO-compliant Spectrum all derby – one ticket product.

http://www.derbyconnected.com/blog/get-connected/news-and-events/news/spectrum-ticket-goes-smart/

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