Contactless payments available on all Stagecoach South West Services

• Passengers can now pay for bus journeys using contactless credit or debit cards, Apple Pay or Android pay
• Faster boarding, secure payments, no cash required
• Events to showcase benefits of contactless payment held across the South West

Bus customers across the South West are set to benefit from faster boarding thanks to the roll out of contactless technology.

The new contactless payment system has been installed in over 380 Stagecoach South West buses, speeding up boarding times and taking away the need for customers to carry and pay with cash.

Stagecoach South West is celebrating the launch of the contactless payment system with fun events across Devon and the chance to win an Amazon Echo Spot. A giant ‘loop game’ will be set up at a number of locations in the half-term holidays. The quickest ‘contactless contender’ will win the prize and be crowned ‘best in the south west champion’. There will be a chance to win prizes and find out more about contactless payment.

Event locations:
23 October Torquay Harbour 10.00am – 2.00pm
24 October Princesshay 10.00am – 2.00pm
25 October Plymouth Armada Way 10.00am – 2.00pm
26 October Barnstaple High Street 10.00am – 2.00pm

Managing Director, Bob Dennison, said: “With more cars than ever on the roads, congestion is a major problem in so many areas. We are continuing to work harder than ever to make bus travel as easy and stress free as possible. “The contactless payment system will help speed up journey times and make travelling by bus so much easier for our customers, we do hope that residents will come and join us at one of our fun events across the region and find out more. ”He added: “The new technology also works in tandem with the Stagecoach app, that allows passengers to track buses in real-time.”

The contactless payment system allows customers to pay with their debit or credit card, or apple and android pay, securely and quickly at the start of the journey.

Further information about the contactless payment system can be found at https://www.stagecoachbus.com/regional-help-and-contact/south-west/contactless

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