Bus passengers in West Leeds will soon be able to pay for their bus tickets with contactless payment options.
New ticket machines have been installed on all First West Yorkshire buses ahead ahead of the launch in Leeds, Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield from 18th January.
Paul Matthews, Managing Director of First West Yorkshire, said:
“The introduction of contactless payments alongside our success with mobile ticketing is pivotal as we continue to make bus travel a convenient, simple and attractive experience for our customers.
“Use of mTickets is exceeding our expectations and continues to grow daily, so I fully expect customers to welcome and grasp contactless bus travel with the same enthusiasm.
“If more customers converted to using mTickets, contactless or the Mcard, then this would have a huge impact on boarding times and would help us in the battle to speed up the bus.”
Contactless is a simple and secure way to pay for bus travel without needing cash. It can be used to buy any paper tickets up to the value of £30. Payment cards displaying the contactless logo from Visa, Mastercard or Maestro logo can be used. Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay and bPay are also accepted.
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