pteg welcomes MPs call for public transport fares to be simpler and better integrated

Tuesday, June 17, 2008
TfL's Oyster smart card provides an easy and flexible alternative to cash fares (c) Transport for London

pteg has welcomed yesterday’s House of Commons Transport Select Committee report on ticketing and concessionary travel which calls for better integrated and simpler ticketing on public transport.
Chair of pteg Neil Scales, said:

‘One of the PTEs biggest challenges is to make it easier for passengers to use public transport in the city regions through a simpler ticketing system which gives passengers easy access to bus, rail and tram networks. We welcome the all-party Committee’s call to remove some of the barriers to this, includes the difficulty of introducing London-style, go-anywhere smartcards, when buses outside London are deregulated.’

‘The Committee rightly recognises that the Government has begun to tackle some of these barriers in the Local Transport Bill – including by doing more to prevent the competition authorities from undermining sensible co-operation between the public and private sector on fares. However, as the MPs point out there is more that can be done. For example we now have millions of concessionary smartcards in circulation – yet in most areas the buses do not yet have the technology to read them.’

‘The national concessionary fares scheme should be the springboard for smartcards for each of England’s city regions. PTEs are already actively engaged in trying to bring this about – however, as the MPs point out, a clearer policy framework from Government on public transport smartcards would make this much easier to achieve. For example the implementation of the Oyster/ITSO Roadmap by the DfT will do much to better integrate the use of interoperable smartcards.’

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