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July 24, 2019updated 01 Aug 2019 10:27am

Edinburgh contactless system unveiled ahead of annual Festivals

By Douglas Blakey

Ahead of the renowned annual Edinburgh Festivals, the Edinburgh contactless and fare capped public transport payment systems are unveiled.

The Edinburgh contactless and fare capped public transport systems are a Scottish first.

The launch represents a partnership between Lothian Transport and Flowbird Transport Intelligence.

The Edinburgh contactless system makes it easier for local people and visitors to access Lothian services in the city. Specifically transport users can use bank cards and mobile devices as travel tokens.

Passengers board the bus and tap their card on a validator. There’s no need to queue at a sales point or use cash.

The Edinburgh contactless scheme features the ability to cap the cost of multiple journeys made on the same day. In particular, after three or more taps the system will automatically charge the user the best day ticket price.

Edinburgh contactless system combined with fare capping

Nigel Serafini, Lothian’s Commercial Director says: “We are delighted to be launching city-wide contactless payment for our customers. With more and more of our transactions becoming ‘cashless’, it was important to recognise the demand for this capability across our fleet.

“This has been at the top of customers’ wish lists for some time. We’re pleased to be able to deliver an easy and convenient method of payment. This removes the need to carry cash, or know at the start of the day how many journeys you plan to make.

“The capping system means that our customers will always get the cheapest daily fare possible. This applies no matter how their travel plans might change throughout the day.”

Owen Griffith, Managing Director of Flowbird Transport Intelligence adds: “This new contactless and fare capped system will make bus travel in the city easier than ever before, while simultaneously applying maximum daily fares rules for multiple journeys.

“We have delivered this innovation in partnership with Lothian. It marks another successful milestone in our long-standing relationship.”

The Edinburgh Festival and the Festival Fringe run from 2 to 26 August. It features more than 55,000 performances of more than 3,500 shows and is the world’s largest arts festival.

Edinburgh contactless

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