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Transport: Smartcard Ticketing

Volume 693: debated on Monday 9 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they intend to enable smartcard bus concession passes in England to be capable of use for paid-for tickets for other smartcard-enabled services, including rail.[HL4483]

The Department for Transport’s preferred option, subject to consultation and discussions with suppliers, is to require that the English national concessionary travel pass must be an ITSO-compliant smartcard. It would be possible to load other ITSO products on these smartcards. These products could include prepaid tickets for other services that used ITSO smartcard readers.

The Government have specified the introduction of ITSO smartcard ticketing in the South West Trains franchise, in the newly awarded East Midlands and West Midlands franchises and the specifications for the Cross Country and the InterCity East Coast franchises.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will require smartcard bus concession passes in England to be capable of being loaded onto railway-compatible smartcards. [HL4529]

The Department for Transport’s preferred option, subject to consultation and discussions with suppliers, is to require that the English national concessionary travel pass must be an ITSO-compliant smartcard.

These smartcards will be compatible with any other ITSO scheme, including railway smart ticketing schemes that are ITSO-compatible. It will be possible to load other ITSO products for use on the railways with compatible smart ticketing systems onto the concessionary travel pass.

The Government have specified the introduction of ITSO smart ticketing systems on the five new rail franchises—the South Western, East Coast, Cross Country, West Midlands and East Midlands. These ticketing systems would be compatible with the English national concessionary travel pass if it was specified that the passes must be ITSO smartcards.