Arriva Southern Counties extends m-ticketing to Park and Ride

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Arriva Southern Counties has extended its existing m-ticketing system to cover the Maidstone Park and Ride services which it operates on behalf of Maidstone Borough Council.

Users of the popular services which run from three out-of-town car parks into the town centre can now buy their day, weekly, fourweekly and twelve-weekly tickets using their mobile phones.

Nationally, Arriva says it has seen a continual increase in the number of people buying network tickets via their mobiles as they get used to the ease with which the tickets can be bought and this latest extension to include the P&R services that is also expected to become popular.

Arriva’s Regional Publicity Manager, Richard Lewis, said: “The range of tickets available on the P&R services has been adjusted to fit in with our online kiosk and this has included the introduction of a new four-weekly ticket.

“Sales of M-tickets for P&R have taken off immediately and we expect them to grow as the regular customers realise the benefits of buying their tickets online and via their phone.”

Arriva operates the services using a dedicated five-strong fleet of five Wrightbus Commander-bodied VDL Bus SB200s, branded in a yellow and green livery.