Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has signed a contract with Ticketer to provide new ticket machines across the region to support the delivery of its franchised Bee Network. The new electronic ticketing machines (ETMs) will initially be rolled out to the region’s bus network in time for the first franchised services coming into operation in Wigan and Bolton and parts of Salford and Bury from September.
Together with pole-mounted readers, which allows users to pay via contactless cards, TfGM says the new ETMs will unlock quicker boarding times while ensuring passengers can travel knowing they are getting the best possible price. Automatic vehicle location (AVL) equipment including improved GPS tracking will also be installed on buses, allowing TfGM to provide accurate up-to-date travel information for customers, including across digital journey planners and displays at bus stations and interchanges.
Transport Commissioner for Greater Manchester Vernon Everitt said: “Ticketer’s on-bus ticketing services will provide a convenient and flexible way for customers to pay for journeys on buses with further integration planned that will connect up and simplify payment across all forms of public transport. It will also help us to provide enhanced accurate, real-time travel information, keeping people up to date and opening up access to more choices for journeys by public transport.”
Andreea Reardon, Group Chief Product & Technology Officer at Ticketer, added: “We are committed to supporting TfGM improve the customer experience on buses, promoting a unified approach across the region with multiple payment methods and providing real-time information for passenger travel.”