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Preston Bus introducing contactless payment by Christmas

Posted on - 7th December, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Roads, Transport
Contactless has become a standard way to pay in the UK Pic: AhmadArdity
Contactless has become a standard way to pay in the UK Pic: AhmadArdity

Fumbling for change for the bus or breaking into a tenner to be able to get home is soon to be a thing of the past.

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Preston Bus is introducing contactless card payment, Apple Pay and Google Pay across its services.

At the moment 32 of the 90 buses are equipped with the contactless payment machines.

The Ticketer machines were tested in the Ribble Valley and South Ribble services first.

Preston Bus is spending £225,000 on upgrading its payment systems to enable the machines.

Preston Bus has announced the fare-free hour Pic: Gary Bond

A Preston Bus service Pic: Gary Bond

A spokesman said: “Contactless has been widely used in most stores, supermarkets and pubs for some time now – it’s a tried and tested technology. The introduction of contactless payment at Preston Bus means no more scrabbling for change or messing about with credit vouchers.

“It’s also quick, so paying by card won’t hold the journey up. Fares on all our buses can of course still be paid with cash – we appreciate that cash is still essential for many people.”

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The Preston Bus app is already out there and allows card payments.

All buses are due to have contactless payments by Christmas.

What do you think of the introduction of contactless? Let us know in the comments below

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