Date lodged: 13 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the implementation of integrated smart ticketing on public transport.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 20 December 2017
Smart tickets can now be used to make journeys on rail, bus, subway, tram and air – with work progressing with ferries. This means Scotland has one of the most advanced smart integrated multi-modal public transport networks in the UK, outside of London.
Integrated ticketing between the Glasgow Subway and ScotRail, as well as the introduction of multi-operator bus smartzones in Aberdeenshire, Dundee and more recently Glasgow (with Edinburgh set to follow in early 2018) have proven successful, and Transport Scotland is now looking to expand this cross mode interoperability for the full saltire smartcard estate. In addition we are working with the industry to support the contactless bank card payment system to bring more convenience to the travelling public.
The roll out of upgraded standardised ticketing infrastructure across the deregulated bus network is virtually complete, meaning that nearly 150m smart concessionary transactions happen each year.
We have just closed our "Future of Smart Ticketing" consultation which will help to inform the future delivery of a smart ticketing and payment scheme in Scotland.