Stagecoach issued the following statement on there website highlighting that the new contactless system will arrive by the end of 2018
We’ve taken the first step on our journey to provide contactless bus travel across the whole of our UK services. Pioneering the use of this technology on buses outside of London, contactless payment went live on our Oxfordshire services today.
All 180 buses in the Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Oxford Tube fleet have been fitted with state-of-the-art ticket machines that allow customers to pay for travel with their contactless credit or debit card. The ticket machines also accept payment by Apple Pay and Android Pay, with no additional charge to our customers who choose to use contactless payment.
Over 4,000 ticket machines have already been ordered, with a further 3,200 scheduled to be delivered by 2017-18. By the end of 2018, the state-of-the-art technology will be live on all 7,200 of our buses in England, Scotland and Wales - equivalent to nearly one in four buses outside London.
The next stage of the roll out will see contactless payment being offered in Ashford, Kent and Tyne and Wear by the end of 2016, followed by Greater Manchester in early 2017. It’s not only our customers in large cities and towns who will benefit from this exciting new technology; rural and island communities such as Norfolk in England, Orkney in Scotland and Brecon in Wales, will all have access to contactless payment in the next two years.
Coming hot on the heels of the launch of our new app, this investment in contactless payment further supports our dedication to providing our customers with seamless travel – from planning to payment to journey.