Con­tact­less sys­tem goes live on buses

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Fid­dling for change on the bus may be a thing of the past as Stage­coach pas­sen­gers in Ash­ford be­come among the first to ex­pe­ri­ence the firm’s new con­tact­less sys­tem.

The com­pany is pi­o­neer­ing new con­tact­less tech­nol­ogy en­abling cus­tomers to make fast, easy and se­cure cash­less pay­ments on the bus.

Kent and East Sus­sex are the first Stage­coach lo­ca­tions out­side Lon­don to go con­tact­less us­ing en­abled credit or debit cards as well as Ap­ple Pay and An­droid Pay.

The con­tact­less sys­tem has also been in­tro­duced on Stage­coach’s Lit­tle and Of­ten buses in Ash­ford.

Stage­coach South East’s manag­ing direc­tor, Philip Nor­well, said: “We’re all used to pay­ing with con­tact­less for our morn­ing cof­fee or lunch, and now we can use it to pay for bus travel too. Trans­port is a key part of peo­ple’s lives and this is an­other great rea­son to choose the bus.”

Stage­coach pre­dicts that thou­sands of pas­sen­gers a day will ben­e­fit from the con­tact­less pay­ment sys­tem.

The com­pany also re­cently launched its mo­bile app, from which cus­tomers can in­stantly buy and down­load tick­ets.

The app is avail­able from the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for An­droid. You can with PayPal or debit abd credit cards.

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