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Contactless payment will be accepted on buses from next week

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CONTACTLESS payments will be accepted on all scheduled bus services from Monday.

Picture By Peter Frankland.

As well as accepted all contactless cards - except American Express - to buy bus tickets, the machines will also accept payment from smart devices, like watches, phones or wristbands.

Traffic & Highway Service director Karl Guille said they were delighted to offer the new option.

'It is vital that we update and improve the services we offer in order to meet the needs of our community,' he said.

'With the increase in use of smartphones and smartwatches, we felt it was important to investigate and implement contactless payments. It is anticipated that this new payment method will encourage more people to use the bus service by reducing reliance on the need to carry cash.'

Single tickets, as well as one and two day passes, can be purchased on the buses, but seven day passes will need to be obtained from the Town Terminus shop. At this stage, Puffin passes cannot be topped up using the contactless services as it is anticipated that this will increase boarding times and in return, slow down the journeys.

Islanders wishing to use the new payment system will be ask for a ticket, place their contactless card or device over the card reader and then wait for the ticket to be printed.

Each ticket issued acts as a receipt.

Cash payments will also still be accepted.

Juliet Pouteaux

By Juliet Pouteaux
News reporter

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