Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire has upgraded its ticketing equipment in the area to offer customers the option to pay for their travel via contactless payments.
No change? No problem! Stagecoach has new cashless ways to pay for bus travel. You can buy day and weekly tickets on the Stagecoach Bus App for use on your smartphone, or pay contactless onboard. You can pay contactless for transactions under £30 using your contactless enabled credit or debit card, Apple Pay or Android Pay.
Stagecoach has pledged £12m in a UK-wide investment into delivering contactless technology, which will help speed up boarding and mean customers don’t need to carry cash to travel. As well as paying via contactless credit and debit cards, customers can also use Apple Pay and Android Pay to buy their ticket from the driver.
The introduction of contactless payments is the latest investment by the local bus operator to improve public transport for local people and means customers in Merseyside and Cheshire now have access to many of the same technology solutions as passengers in London, including mobile ticketing, real-time journey information and integrated smart ticketing.
New ticket machines have been installed on all Stagecoach buses in Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales. The implementation of contactless is designed to speed up journeys and help customers who will no longer be required to carry cash for their journey.
There have also been updates to the Stagecoach Bus App to improve security. Smart phones that have the capability, now let you verify your password and save account details using fingerprint recognition.
Stagecoach Merseyside is somewhat of a pioneer when it comes to contactless payment on board buses. A one-year trial was introduced back in 2009 in a partnership between Stagecoach Merseyside, MasterCard, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Visa.
In the one-year contactless trial, contactless technology was implemented in the second quarter of 2009 on around 200 Stagecoach buses in Merseyside. It allowed passengers to make fast, convenient and safe payments simply by tapping their card on a dedicated reader.
However, the technology was then removed after the trial finished, leaving a gap of 8 years before the entire company pledged to make a UK-wide rollout of contactless on its buses.