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Stagecoach introduces smartcard travel across Oxfordshire

01 Oct 2010

  • New electronic card makes travel quicker and easier for customers
  • All160 Stagecoach buses in Oxfordshire fitted with hi-tech system
  • Major step towards multi-operator smartcard ticketing in Oxford
  • Hassle-free automatic payment option with new Megarider Xtra ticket

Stagecoach has today (30 September 2010) launched smartcard travel across Oxfordshire, using the latest technology to give passengers a quicker, easier and good value way to catch the bus.

Passengers in Oxfordshire can sign up from today for the new StagecoachSmart travel card, offering unlimited bus travel in Oxford for as little as £1.32 a day.

Once registered online at www.stagecoachbus.com, they can start storing great value multi-journey Megarider tickets on their card from 18 October and then use it to travel.

The electronic card has a chip that stores Stagecoach tickets for use on the bus. Smartcard enabled readers, which use the Government's preferred ITSO technology, have been installed on all 160 Stagecoach vehicles in Oxfordshire.

Passengers simply hold the card with the loaded ticket over the reader when they board and their journey will be registered.

Customers will also be able to use the same electronic card when multi-operator smartcard ticketing goes live in Oxford early next year without having to get a new one.

Stagecoach is also introducing a brand new Megarider Xtra ticket, which provides passengers with an even smarter way to pay for their travel.

Megarider Xtra offers the same unlimited bus travel as the current tickets. However, it allows customers to pay for their travel through hassle-free automatic payments which are debited from their debit/credit card on an agreed date every month, meaning they no longer have to renew their ticket manually.

Martin Sutton, Managing Director of Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, said: "We know that value for money and convenience are vital if we are to encourage more people to switch from the car to our greener, smarter bus services.

"StagecoachSmart is a major step towards the introduction of co-ordinated timetables and multi-operator smartcard ticketing."

For further information on StagecoachSmart visit www.stagecoachbus.com

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For further information, please contact:
Chris Child, Marketing Manager, Oxfordshire
Stagecoach
T.01865 405511 (office) or 07740 640182 (mobile)
E.chris.child@stagecoachbus.com