Scottish Citylink goes contactless

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Citylink’s Operations Director Peter Knight and Minister for Transport and the Islands, Humza Yousaf are seen at Glasgow’s Buchanan Bus station on December 18

Scottish Citylink has introduced contactless payments across its network of coach services. Scottish Citylink is a joint venture between Stagecoach Group and ComfortDelGro – and the technology has been launched as part of a £12m Stagecoach programme to allow passengers across the UK to pay for their travel using a contactless credit or debit card, as well as through Apple Pay and Android Pay.

Scottish Citylink Operations Director, Peter Knight, said: “We are now the first national coach provider to have contactless payments available across all of our fleet. This is great news for passengers who want to be able to turn up and pay quickly and easily.

“Along with traditional cash payments, and online purchases, we are giving passengers choice about how they want to buy their travel and making it even easier and more convenient to travel by coach.”

Stagecoach has outlined its intention to deliver contactless payments for passengers at all of its UK companies by the end of 2018, with all Scottish companies expected to be live with the technology by late summer next year.

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands said: “As one of Scotland’s largest operators, Stagecoach has laid out ambitious plans to be at the forefront of smart ticketing and payment services. That is why it’s great to see Citylink launch its contactless payment service, which can be used on all of its services across Scotland.”