The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed plans to implement a national smart card for public transportation on English trains, trams and buses, according to railnews.co.uk.
UK Transport Minister Norman Baker plans for the national smart card to be an “all-mode” device, and thus compatible with existing smart cards already issued by Passenger Transport Executives, says railnews.co.uk.
Under the project, the DfT will issue grants of £20 million to nine large urban areas in England in order to develop the system.
As of now, the DfT’s proposal is only for England, but railnews.co.uk says Scotland and Wales may join in on the project, creating a unified transit card network over all of Britain.
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