StagecoachSmart in Scotland
Stagecoach has launched the StagecoachSmart travel card scheme across its bus services in Glasgow, Ayrshire, Arran and Dumfries and Galloway. It allows passengers to store their travel electronically on a smartcard instead of using paper tickets and the chance to pay for their travel through automatic payments. From now on, Stagecoach customers who purchase a 1 week or 4 week megarider or megarider Xtra ticket online will have their ticket sent out to them on a StagecoachSmart travel card with their travel loaded on to it. Thereafter they can add travel to their smartcard either online or onboard the bus.
Scottish Transport Minister, Keith Brown, said, ‘Stagecoach’s launch of commercial smart ticketing in South West Scotland, the first phase of a nationwide roll-out, is an exciting and welcome development for passengers. I hope to see other operators follow this lead so that commercial smart ticketing becomes widely available and that national ambitions are met to see a Scotland where all journeys on bus, rail, ferry, subway and tram networks can be accessed using some form of smart ticketing or payment.’