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by Sofia Villegas
28 November 2023
Plans to implement smart ticketing ‘crucial’ for greener Scotland, transport minister says

Fiona Hyslop was appointed as transport minister earlier this year | Alamy

Plans to implement smart ticketing ‘crucial’ for greener Scotland, transport minister says

The National Smart Ticketing Advisory Board has had its inaugural meeting, marking a “significant step” for Scottish transport. 

The first of its kind in the UK, the board discussed the future of smart integrated ticketing, which the Scottish Government hopes to introduce across all methods of public transport. 

Formed by 14 members from operators and local authorities to regional transport partnerships and passenger representatives, the panel aims to enhance consistency between operators as well as making public transport easier to use. 

Minister for transport Fiona Hyslop said: “Modernising transport is crucial in driving forward a greener, fairer Scotland, enhancing equality, increasing opportunity, and supporting communities. And great progress has already taken place, with contactless payment available on almost all buses thanks to the Scottish Government’s £1.1m Smart Pay Grant Fund, and interoperable smartcards able to be used across different operators. 

“I’m really looking forward to seeing what more can be achieved as we work together to deliver for passengers and help to make public transport the mode of choice for travel in Scotland, contributing to a healthier, fairer, more prosperous, and greener Scotland.” 

The board was established as part of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 and is a 2023/24 Programme for Government commitment. 

The act aims to make Scottish transport more sustainable and accessible and to complement parallel work in reducing carbon emissions.  

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