Bus services in West Norfolk have agreed to accept a ‘holdall’ smartcard.
West Norfolk Community Transport and Lynx Bus have agreed to accept the smartcard under new developments to the initiative.
The scheme was launched last year as a smartcard ticket for Norwich Park and Ride.
The Department of Transport provided £2.5million for the development of holdall by Norfolk County Council as a national smartcard pilot.
Under the new developments, which were unveiled last week, the two West Norfolk firms, along with Sanders Coaches and Simonds of Diss, agreed to accept the cards. From next year passengers will be able to use the sQuid travel purse, with its automatic top-up option, to pay for travel.
This is hoped to speed up the boarding of buses as it reduces cash transactions.
General manager at West Norfolk Community Transport Richard Pengelly said: “We are delighted to be joining this innovative scheme at the invite of Norfolk County Council.
“We are always keen to make life as easy as possible for our members and this scheme will allow our passengers to pay for their travel in a safer, more secure, cost-effective and convenient way.”
Other new developments include the use of the holdall for Norfolk Car Club members to access all of the car club’s vehicles.
A new face to face park and ride holdall top-up service has been set up at Norwich Bus Station, giving users another easy way to access the cheapest park and ride options.
There are now 5,000 cards in operation since it was launched as a smartcard ticketing system for the Norwich Park and Ride scheme.