From Sunday 6th October, some bus passengers in Gedling borough will no longer have to hunt for the cash before making their journey as trentbarton confirm that contactless payment will now be accepted on all services. trentbarton is to roll out a tap-on tap-off contactless payment on all its services. The firm operate the Calverton and pronto bus services that serve Arnold, Daybrook, Calverton Ravenshead and Woodthorpe. When getting on a bus customers will tap-on the new contactless ticket machines and tap-off as they leave at their stop. The new machines will do the calculations and their debit or credit card will always be charged the right fare.
If customers make several trips, or use more than one trentbarton route, their fares will automatically be capped each day. Visa, Mastercard and Maestro credit and debit cards with the contactless logo can be used, including most contactless cards issued overseas, but not Amex. Payment can also be made using a smart device via Apple Pay or Android Pay. trentbarton managing director Jeff Counsell said “This innovation is about giving our customers even more convenience and choice. They can choose to continue using their MANGO cards or continue paying with cash. But contactless is on the rise. “In the Midlands more than seven out of ten people are already paying for everyday goods and services using contactless. Nationally, one is six young people are living largely cashless lives. The time is absolutely right for contactless bus travel. “Our new system has a huge advantage for customers, because it automatically charges the lowest possible fare given where customers get on and the stop they get off at. This beats the flat charge levied by other operators.”
“With daily caps, our customers can be confident they’re getting the best possible value for money every time they tap on and tap off a trentbarton service.”
Customers will be able to see their contactless journey history, trip charges and how close they are to their caps through the trentbarton website. For more information and Frequently Asked Questions trentbarton.co.uk/contactless