Campaigners make pushes for Scottish smart ticketing system

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on July 27, 2011

Campaigners have made calls for a nationwide smart ticketing system to push more people into using public transport across Scotland.

The Scottish government has been urged to press ahead with proposals for public transport smart ticketing public systems to be used around the country. Campaigners insist that the move will result in more people leaving their cars at home, in turn tackling pollution and congestion.

Such smart tickets, like London’s Oyster card, give passengers the comfort of only having to use a single plastic card for journeys on differing types of public transport. As often as is necessary, a card is loaded in advance and may also be topped up from bank or credit card accounts.

Around 43 million member cards have made their way into the wallets of travellers since the Oyster system was launched in 2003, with eight million regular users. Figures show about 80 per cent of journeys on public transport around the London area are embarked upon by passengers that use Oyster cards.

Transform Scotland’s Calum McCallum doesn’t see any reason why an equivalent north of the border shouldn’t prove a similar success and will make life considerably easier for passengers. If you are flexible enough to jump on buses and trains, or whichever mode of public transport is suitable, then you’re more likely to rely on public transport, pointed out McCallum. Clearly, he continued, there needs to be some government intervention as this thing need to be pushed along.

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