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Railways: Tickets

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which train operating companies are required under the terms of their franchise agreements to introduce smart ticketing. (273833)

The following franchises have a requirement within the terms of their franchise to introduce or accept ITSO based smartcard ticketing:

South West Trains

London Midland

East Midlands Trains

National Express East Coast

Cross Country

The new South Central franchise will also include similar provisions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what requirements regarding smart ticketing he will place on the operating company awarded the South Central franchise currently under tender. (273834)

In line with all recent franchise competitions, the operator of the new South Central Franchise will be required to introduce an ITSO based smartcard ticketing system across the franchise, with the scheme introduced by January 2012.

With regard to the introduction of Oyster Pay As You Go within the London area the operator will be required to work with Transport for London and the Department for Transport to secure its implementation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made on delivering the commitments made in the 2007 White Paper, Delivering a Sustainable Railway on smart ticketing; and if he will make a statement. (273835)

The introduction of ITSO smartcards has been mandated in all recently let rail franchises and will be included in the South Central franchise.

The Department for Transport, Transport for London and train operators are working together on the acceptance of Oyster Pay As You Go at London train stations and the acceptance of ITSO Smartcards on Oyster equipment.