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Reaction to Government’s smart ticketing strategy

15 December 2009
Campaign for Better Transport said that the Government’s strategy for smart and integrated ticketing was a good start but said the Government should plan for a national Oyster card for the UK. [1]

In reaction, Stephen Joseph, executive director of Campaign for Better Transport, said: 

"We’re pleased that the Government has committed £20 million for city regions to deliver smart and integrated ticketing. But we think that ring-fenced smartcard subsidies should go to local authorities instead of bus companies, as they can ensure that smart, integrated ticketing is delivered. We also think the Government should plan for a national Oyster card for the UK, not just local tickets, so that public transport can provide a real door-to-door alternative to the car."

Notes to editors
[1] Department for Transport press release