Birmingham & Black Country

Contactless travel payment en route for West Midlands commuters

Contactless buses West Midlands
Image caption National Express West Midlands will fit 1,500 of its buses with contactless payment systems that it says will make life quicker and easier for passengers

Commuters in the West Midlands will be able to pay for their journeys using contactless cards and smartphones.

National Express West Midlands said it is installing technology on 1,500 buses through its network in the next two years.

A spokesman said the move will speed up routes and make fewer buses over-run.

Customers had complained drivers not giving change lost them money if they lacked exact change and added time on their journeys.

A Swift card can already been used on National Express buses in the area. It works in a similar way to Oyster cards used across London's transport system.

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Image caption Bus passengers will be able to use contactless payment systems on National Express West Midlands buses

National Express confirmed Swift travel cards and cash would still be accepted on the network.

Jens Mullak, from Init Innovations in Transport, which is developing the systems for National Express West Midlands, said there is a "growing trend" for contactless payment around the world.

"I think it's a gradual process, but with the popularity of contactless bank cards and the usage of mobile phones this will surely more and more replace cash payments."

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