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S5W-22900: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to encourage the use of smart ticketing across public transport, and what progress is being made with this.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 7 May 2019

Transport Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, is undertaking a portfolio of projects to enhance Scotland’s smart services and deliver on the vision that ‘all journeys on Scotland’s public transport network can be made using some form of smart ticketing or payment’.

There has been significant progress on smart ticketing - rail, subway, tram and 99% of bus operators are now smart enabled. Annually over half a billion journeys are made on Scotland’s public transport network, and over a third of these journeys are now made using smart ticketing or payment technology. Current projects include work to expand the successful Dundee ABC smart integrated bus to bus ticketing scheme to include North East Fife; working with transport operators, public bodies and local authorities to enhance smartcard interoperability across all modes; and delivery of a £1.1m Smart Pay Grant Fund to support bus operators with improving their equipment to accept contactless payment.

Marketing projects undertaken in partnership with transport operators, local authorities, Young Scot and Regional Transport Partnerships also aim to promote smart ticketing services to the public, such as the joint Stagecoach, ScotRail and Transport Scotland ‘Fife in the Fast Lane’ campaign last winter to mark the reopening of the Forth Road Bridge as a public transport corridor, as well as supporting ScotRail and Young Scot with their own recent smartcard marketing activity.