Contactless payment for Stagecoach customers in Manchester

7 March 2017  •  Author(s): Rachael Harper

Stagecoach Manchester has become the first bus operator in the region to offer customers the option to pay for their travel via contactless payments.

Customers can now pay for bus journeys using contactless credit or debit cards as well as Apple Pay and Android Pay to buy their ticket from the driver, which means passengers will benefit from faster boarding and a secure payment method.

Contactless payments as part of Stagecoach’s investments

The launch of contactless payments is part of a £12m UK wide investment by Stagecoach into delivering contactless technology and it is the latest investment by the bus operator to improve public transport for local people. As a result of this wider investment, passengers in Greater Manchester now benefit from mobile ticketing, real-time journey information and integrated smart ticketing.

“The introduction of contactless technology is further evidence of the transformation that bus travel is currently undergoing,” Managing director of Stagecoach Manchester, Elisabeth Tasker commented. “Ensuring that our customers are receiving the most efficient and hassle free service is our priority at Stagecoach Manchester and this will allow customers to pay for their tickets more easily than ever before.”

What’s next for Stagecoach

The next stage of Stagecoach’s improvement plans will focus on traffic congestion, and the company has called for urgent action by politicians to tackle the issue after a recent Inrix Traffic Information Survey found that Manchester commuters spend an average of 40 hours each year stuck in traffic.

“We need politicians to step up and tackle this growing problem now”

“Congestion on our roads slows down journeys, pushes up fares, damages public health and undermines the work of operators to deliver improvements and attract more people to bus travel,” Elisabeth Tasker continued. “We need politicians to step up and tackle this growing problem now, to allow our local bus networks to flourish for the many people who rely on them every day.”

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