A multi-operator bus ticket for Dundee is to be delivered by a partnership involving Xplore Dundee, Stagecoach, Moffat & Williamson and Dundee City Council. It will allow people to travel across the city and its surrounding area using three different bus companies but just one ticket. The ABC (Any Bus Company) products will be available to buy from all the participating operators from 12 September. The ticket types available on ABC will be: adult day tickets, child day tickets, adult weekly tickets and child weekly tickets. These will give access to all operators and all routes, within Dundee and immediate surrounding area. Details of ticket prices and maps of the ticket zone will be made available to the public within the next month. According to the organisers, the launch of this initiative fulfils a pledge made earlier this year by the local bus operators and others across Scotland, who outlined their commitment to deliver multi-operator smart ticketing for millions of Scottish bus customers during 2016 to 2017. It’s the first part of a country wide scheme which will pave the way for seamless travel between bus, rail, ferry and subway.
MD of Xplore Dundee, Elsie Turbyne, said, ‘This revolutionary new way of ticketing will allow passengers the freedom to hop onto a Stagecoach bus in Monifieth and switch to an Xplore Dundee service in Dundee city centre, making a further journey to Wormit with Moffat & Williamson, using just one single ticket. It’s a very exciting development in public transport for Dundee and we’re all proud to be involved with this innovative project. Multi-operator ticketing will complement each of our existing smart ticket products and I hope that it will encourage more people to choose bus travel for their journeys to work, college or leisure activities.’
MD, Stagecoach East Scotland, Andrew Jarvis, said, ‘The new multi-operator smart ticketing scheme for Dundee is an exciting project which complements our existing range of tickets available to buy and load onto StagecoachSmart cards. We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Transport Scotland, Dundee City Council and other operators on the initiative and look forward to creating new travel choices and greater flexibility for bus passengers.’
MD, Moffat & Williamson, George Devine, said, ‘We’re looking forward to working in conjunction with Transport Scotland, Dundee City Council and local transport operators to ultimately make bus travel in the area easier for our passengers. Offering a smart multi-operator ticket option to customers is a massive step forward for this area, and hopefully will encourage the use of public transport.’