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Norfolk P&R

Smart card technology is arriving in Norfolk! Ticketless travel will start in 2013, when it will be introduced across the entire bus fleet.

For passengers the smart card would replace an ordinary ticket and allow travel on vehicles that have smart ticket machines, with easy transfer between services. Customers will be able to buy and top up on-line, check the credit left on the card, or buy a card at outlets across the county.

Intelligent Mobility reports that the pilot will last for three years but will be evaluated throughout so that the benefits can be understood and used nationally before the end of the trial.

Norwich Park and Ride will be one of the first services to use the new smart cards. The pilot will produce a series of outputs including:

– An evaluation of the benefits for passengers, local authorities and operators.

– Frameworks to procure services and supplies which other local authorities could use.

– Modular guidance for other local transport authorities to use.

– A technical specification for smart equipment and support services suitable for use by smaller operators.

As well as the many public transport benefits, Norfolk County Council said the Smart card has the potential to become a ‘citizen’s card’ to provide multiple services such as libraries, school meals and other services.

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