Date lodged: 4 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to introduce zone cards for public transport in rural areas.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 13 December 2018
The Scottish Government is supportive of multi-operator ticketing arrangements being available across all areas of Scotland. As such, we work with local transport authorities who are responsible for ensuring their public transport services meet passenger needs.
Through the Transport Bill, further powers will be given to local government to support development of multi-operator ticketing where demand is not being met.
Multi-operator ticketing schemes such as the Zonecard in Strathclyde and the One Ticket covering South East Scotland, already cover both urban and rural bus and rail travel (with Subway and ferry services also available using the Zonecard).
In other areas of Scotland, similar bus only products are available in both urban and rural areas. These include the successful smartzones; GrassHOPPER in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire; and ABC in Dundee, currently being developed to expand across the Tay cities region.