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First buses in Devon and Cornwall to get swipe cards

A swipe card ticket system is being introduced on buses in Devon and Cornwall.

First Group is to introduce the £1.2m scheme to its 228-strong local bus fleet.

Once the system is fully operational, customers will be able to pay by swiping their debit or credit card, avoiding the need to carry change.

The fare will then be taken from their bank account or put on their credit card.

The scheme will be introduced to First buses in Devon and Cornwall from the autumn, and will initially allow customers with a prepaid smart card to participate.

Credit and debit cards will be accepted from late 2012.

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