Unicard LTD, an established provider of smart ticketing and payment solutions, has announced the deployment of its Ticketing Hub platform with Transport for Wales (TfW).
Contactless EMV card payments will become available on selected train routes and services in Wales, giving customers access to the best possible fares. As part of the move, TfW to become the first UK train operator outside of London to deploy the contactless EMV services.
The service will be rolled-out, beginning with a pilot scheme, running between Newport, Cardiff and Pontyclun, before plans kick in to expand the service to the South Wales Metro area next year.
Speaking about the deployment Sean Dickinson, CEO of Unicard, said: “The Unicard team in East Kilbride worked very closely with TfW to implement this service. A significant amount of hard work went into this project, culminating in a solution that enables contactless payments for rail passengers while guaranteeing the best fare.
“Passengers no longer need to queue for tickets, apply for a travel card or change their ticket if their plans change. They can simply use their bank card or payment app on their mobile device to catch a train and enjoy the convenience of contactless travel.”
“At launch, the Ticketing Hub solution will initially be available to passengers using selected train services out of Newport, Cardiff and Pontyclun. It’s a scalable solution that can be extended to support contactless payments across other modes of transport, like trams and buses.
“TfW has delivered a proven model for other UK regions looking to rollout a best-value travel experience for their passengers. Unicard is very proud to be part of the first deployment of contactless card payment tap in and tap out functionality on rail outside of London. We’re looking forward to helping other customers achieve their transport objectives at a faster pace than was previously thought possible.”
Unicard’s solutions have been adopted by over 80 Local and Regional Authorities in England, Scotland and now Wales.
Recently, it has added Transport for London (TfL) and Transport for Wales (TfW) to a list that includes Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), Transport Scotland and Solent Transport, as well as smart ticketing back office and ticket retail services for Rail Delivery Group.
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