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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10520: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 28 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what progress Transport Scotland is making in delivering its committment toward “a customer-focused, multi-modal, multi-operator smart ticketing system across Scotland.”

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 23 August 2017

Transport Scotland continues to work with Scottish transport operators and other public bodies to deliver the Scottish Government’s vision that all journeys on Scotland’s bus, rail, ferry, subway and tram networks can be made using one type of smart ticket or payment. The ScotRail network is now fully smart enabled, with an array of ticket types on offer, including Anytime, Season and, most recently, flexi pass tickets. It is now possible to use the same smartcards on both ScotRail and the Glasgow Subway and the procurement process for a national e-Purse is underway, with the aim to launch a smartcard 'pay-as-you-go' option across all transport modes in 2018.

In the UK, outside of London, bus services are deregulated therefore government cannot simply instruct bus operators or indeed certain ferry operators to adopt or participate in smart ticketing.