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Smart ticketing progress welcomed in principle, but we still need a national strategy

12 January 2016

Responding to the progress towards smart ticketing announced by Transport Minister Andrew Jones today, Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said: 

"We welcome this progress with smart ticketing in principle, but passengers will want to see real benefits in the fares they actually pay. If contactless and smart cards, and the multi-operator and flexible tickets they enable, come with a big premium over ordinary fares people just won't use them. What's needed is a national strategy to deliver ticketing and fares that will allow for seamless, door to door travel on one card, valid on all operators with flexibility for part-time workers. Passengers in London already benefit from Oyster in this way, so why is it taking so long to have a similar nationwide scheme?" 

ENDS

For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).