New top up smartcards for Newport

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Passengers in Newport can top-up their Newport Bus smartcards when getting on the bus. and put a week’s travel credit on them.

Previously card holders could only put credit on their cards at Newport’s Travel Centre and the company’s HQ. It is hoped the facility will allow more people to benefit from cheaper fares available through its PASSPORT smartcard.

To coincide with the top-up service, the firm also launched its new PASSPORT Plus card which gives users access to its entire network of services.

Earlier this year Newport Bus introduced a zonal fare system for its bus network: Zone 1 covering bus services in Newport and Zone 2 covering all services outside of the City.

Since the launch, those wanting to travel in Zone 1 using a smartcard will need one of the existing green PASSPORT cards while those wanting to travel in Zone 1 and 2 will need the new yellow PASSPORT Plus card. Both cards can be topped up on the bus as well as at Newport Bus Station with a week’s travel on the PASSPORT card costing £14 and £16 on the PASSPORT Plus.

Scott Pearson, MD, said: “We have listened to our customers’ requests for simple smartcard top-up.”