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Nottingham goes contactless for bus ticket payments

Nottingham City Transport (NCT) has introduced contactless payment technology to its fleet of buses.

The INIT PROXmobil3 units will automatically calculate the best fare for the customer - taking into account all the journeys made during a day, and charging a single payment of a daily capped rate.

The system has been trialled over the last month, gaining a 96% satisfaction score from more than 600 testers.

Once all operators are on board by early 2021, Nottingham Contactless will be the UK’s first multi-modal and multi-operator contactless system outside of London.

The success follows on from the results for INIT in the West Midlands, with three million contactless payments made in the first year of its implementation on National Express West Midlands’ buses.

Jens Mullak, INIT managing director, said: “Cashless payments have been increasingly popular in recent years, and the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated this shift away from traditional ticketing.

“With advice continuing to be that people should pay by card wherever possible, the introduction of contactless payments for Nottingham couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time.”

Mullak said there will be the added benefit for operators to reduce costs by reducing the need to handle cash.

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