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Scottish transport company goes contactless in time for festivals

Bus company Lothian is introducing the country’s first contactless and fare-capped public transport system in Edinburgh as part of a partnership with Flowbird Transport Intelligence.

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The contactless system has been put in place in time for Edinburgh's busy festival season
The contactless system has been put in place in time for Edinburgh's busy festival season

A contactless and fare capped public transport payment system has been unveiled in Edinburgh in preparation for the Edinburgh festivals.

 

Described as a first for Scotland, the scheme has been launched in a partnership between Lothian region and Flowbird Transport Intelligence.

 

Travel tokens

 

The aim is to make it easier for local people and visitors to access Lothian services in the city by using bank cards and mobile devices as travel tokens. Passengers can board a bus and tap their card on a validator without having to queue at a sales point or have cash ready.

 

The system can cap the cost of multiple journeys made on the same day – after three or more taps the system will automatically charge the user the best day ticket price.

“We are delighted to be launching city-wide contactless payment for our customers. With more and more of our transactions becoming cashless, it was important to recognise the demand for this capability across our fleet,” said Nigel Serafini, Lothian’s commercial director.

“The capping system means that our customers will always get the cheapest daily fare possible, no matter how their travel plans might change throughout the day”

“This has been at the top of customers’ wish lists for some time and we’re pleased to be able to deliver an easy and convenient method of payment, which removes the need to carry cash, or know at the start of the day how many journeys you plan to make.”

 

He continued: “The capping system means that our customers will always get the cheapest daily fare possible, no matter how their travel plans might change throughout the day.”

 

“This new contactless and fare capped system will make bus travel in the city easier than ever before, while simultaneously applying maximum daily fares rules for multiple journeys,” added Owen Griffith, managing director of Flowbird Transport Intelligence.

 

“We have delivered this innovation in partnership with Lothian and it marks another successful milestone in our long-standing relationship.”

 

Flowbird’s contactless and capped solution for Lothian is fully payment card industry (PCI) P2PE certified, securely encrypting card data at the point of tap through to the payment service provider.

 

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