Contactless Payments within 12 Months
Stagecoach is looking to introduce a cashless payment system on its Scottish North-east buses within the next year
It follows complaints from customers drivers are unable to give large amounts of change on services.
The £12 million initiative will allow passengers to pay for their travel with a contactless credit or debit card, as well as Apple Pay and Android Pay.
Robert Montgomery, managing director of Stagecoach UK, said: “Bus travel is experiencing a complete transformation.
“Major investment by Stagecoach in new digital technology is making it easier than ever to catch the bus.
“From contactless technology and new apps to greener vehicles with the latest environmental performance, buses are simpler, smarter and greener mobility solution.
“But to maximise the benefit of this investment, we also need bold and urgent action by transport authorities to tackle the scourge of road congestion that is holding back bus reliability.”
Graeme Leslie, Stagecoach North Scotland operations director, told those attending the bus forum of the time scales.
Councillor Ian Mollison, who represents North Kincardine, attended the meeting.
He said: “I can see the advantages with this, particularly to bus drivers where they have limited access to change.
“It might also speed up the time it takes for passengers get on the bus.
“It’s refreshing Stagecoach do give change unlike some other bus companies.
“Stagecoach should be praised for this.”
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