Newport bus-users can pay by smartcard

South Wales Argus: Newport bus-users can pay by smartcard Newport bus-users can pay by smartcard

A NEW way of catching the bus will be unveiled in Newport next week.

Newport Bus launches Freedom, it new pay-as-you-go smartcard. Freedom is a free, plastic smartcard that people can use instead of paper tickets on Newport Bus' services. Card holders put credit on the card either when they're on the bus or at Newport Bus Station.

The card works by deducting the cost of the person's bus journey or ticket when it is placed on a Newport Bus ticket machine and can be used to buy any of the operator's on-bus products including City and City Day Plus tickets.

The card is free and available from Newport Bus' Travel Centre at Newport Bus Station or online at newportbus.co.uk.

Bus users just add credit to the card as and when they need to, like London's Oyster card.

Scott Pearson, Managing Director of Newport Transport, said:"This is another landmark step by Newport Bus to provide the people of Newport with flexible and convenient ways of using their local bus services."

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5:39pm Sat 11 Aug 12

Xraypapacharlie says...

But, as I understand it, unlike London's Oyster card, the fares are not discounted if you use The Freedom card!
But, as I understand it, unlike London's Oyster card, the fares are not discounted if you use The Freedom card! Xraypapacharlie

11:12am Sun 12 Aug 12

Nevasleep says...

Really good, I love Oyster Cards.
Although I've already got a Newport Bus season pass.

Would be nice if in the future we can get an 'all operator scheme', Newport, Stagecoach, and Cardiff Bus, with a daily cap/season tickets.
But I doubt that would happen without some major changes.
Really good, I love Oyster Cards. Although I've already got a Newport Bus season pass. Would be nice if in the future we can get an 'all operator scheme', Newport, Stagecoach, and Cardiff Bus, with a daily cap/season tickets. But I doubt that would happen without some major changes. Nevasleep

12:03am Mon 13 Aug 12

pwharley says...

A fare decrease for users of Freedom would be welcome, as there are clearly savings for the bus operator in terms of less cash to handle.

At the moment, Stagecoach fares are less than Newport Bus within the city - £1.40 single against £1.60.

Perhaps Freedom users could be given a 10% discount on their fares?
A fare decrease for users of Freedom would be welcome, as there are clearly savings for the bus operator in terms of less cash to handle. At the moment, Stagecoach fares are less than Newport Bus within the city - £1.40 single against £1.60. Perhaps Freedom users could be given a 10% discount on their fares? pwharley

10:03am Mon 13 Aug 12

Severn40 says...

A discount element would be good. The company is receiving the cash up front and the evidence from London suggests that not all users use their credit.
A discount element would be good. The company is receiving the cash up front and the evidence from London suggests that not all users use their credit. Severn40

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