£500k for contactless payments

Bus firms share fund to roll-out cash free ticketing

Michael Matheson

Michael Matheson: committed to supporting the bus industry (pic: Terry Murden DB Media Services)


Bus firms are to share almost half a million pounds to support the introduction of more contactless payment systems for passengers.

The Scottish government and the European Regional Development Fund have allocated £447,850 to help 23 bus operators with the financial costs of upgrading ticket machines.

The fund is expected to provide a contactless payment solution to up to 4.5 million fare paying journeys right across Scotland.

The Scottish Government’s vision is that all journeys on Scotland’s public transport networks can be made using some form of smart ticketing or payment and passengers can expect to benefit from this payment option from spring 2019.

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said: “Contactless payments make it easier to access travel in Scotland.

“This government is committed to supporting the bus industry and also people right across the country who choose to travel by bus. By helping smaller operators with the financial costs of upgrading to contactless payment, customers will benefit from quicker and easier transactions, whether by card or by mobile phone.

“A second round of the fund will open on 16 January and we are now widening this fund out to all operators, so that even more organisations can take advantage of the support on offer.”

Keith Shand, Assistant Operations Manager at Garelochhead Mini Bus and Coaches, said: Modern day society expects to board a bus and not have to carry the correct change. Feedback from our customers shows 75% have indicated they would use contactless payments on our buses and we’re delighted that we will now be able to deliver this service.”

List of bus operators awarded funding:

  • Millport Motors Ltd – Ayrshire
  • Moffat & Williamson Ltd – Fife
  • Shiel Buses Ltd – Highland
  • Eve Coaches Ltd –East Lothian
  • Garelochhead Minibuses & Coaches Ltd – Argyll & Bute
  • JMB Travel Ltd –North Lanarkshire
  • Mackies Coaches Ltd – Alloa
  • Prentice Coaches Ltd –East Lothian
  • Whitelaws Coaches Ltd – South Lanarkshire
  • Wilson’s of Rhu Ltd – Argyll & Bute
  • Canavan Travel Ltd – North Lanarkshire
  • Mc Call’s Coaches Ltd – Dumfries & Galloway
  • Blue Bus Ltd – North Lanarkshire
  • Dunns Coaches Ltd – North Lanarkshire
  • R B Coaches Ltd – Falkirk
  • Avondale Coaches Ltd – West Dunbartonshire
  • McColl’s Travel Ltd – West Dunbartonshire
  • Edinburgh Coach Lines Ltd – Edinburgh
  • B Mundell Ltd – Glasgow
  • Borders Buses Ltd – Glasgow / Borders
  • Bryans Coaches Ltd – Falkirk
  • Craig of Campbeltown Ltd – Argyll & Bute
  • S D Travel – West Lothian

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