Smart ticketing coming to bus services in Bedford Borough
Bedford Borough has successfully bid for over £200,000 of
Government funding to improve bus services for local residents.
As part of the Better Bus Areas Fund 2012, Bedford Borough
Council has been awarded £218,170 to introduce smart ticketing,
install more real time information displays as well as providing
subsidised tickets to encourage more people to travel by
The smart ticketing system is similar to the Oyster cards used
on the London Underground. It will allow local residents to add
credit to their smart card when it suits them and simply scan it
when they get on a local bus. 10 ‘real time’ information displays
will be added to bus shelters on the busiest routes in the borough
and there are also plans to introduce a range of ticketing
initiatives to encourage greater bus use, thereby helping to reduce
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “I am delighted
the Department for Transport has recognised that we are committed
to improving bus services in Bedford Borough.
“Passengers have been telling us they would like to see smart
ticketing introduced into the borough for some time and this
funding helps that to happen. We will also be able to almost double
the number of real time information displays at bus shelters on our
busiest routes while also encouraging more people to use buses by
offering subsidised tickets on some routes.
“At a time when many other local authorities are cutting their
support for bus routes we are investing in improving the service.
By working with our local operators we have significantly expanded
Sunday services as well as extending services to run until 11pm. We
are also maintaining our support for rural bus services which we
know are a vital link for people living in villages around the