Bus passengers will find it easier than ever to travel across the Isle of Wight from now on - thanks to the introduction of contactless payments by Southern Vectis.
The operator has been continuously seeking new ways to enhance the services it offers to those living and working in the region, and this latest move is expected to increase accessibility and speed up overall journey times.
And the first of its buses to leave the depot with the new technology is a brand new ADL Enviro 400 MMC double decker vehicle.
“From today we will be accepting all contactless payment types, including apple and android - as well as wearable devices like apple watch, on all our buses” said Southern Vectis managing director Andrew Wickham.
“It’s all about providing our customers with quicker and more convenient ways to pay. I’m delighted the first bus leaving our depot this morning with the new machine is our brand new double decker. This impressive vehicle brings with it a whole host of on-board technology - including free WiFi and USB charging points for those with smartphones and hand-held devices.
“The bus is also the first on the island to be equipped with the very latest low emissions Euro 6 engine - making it kinder to the environment.
“Although we’re now offering the contactless ticketing option, I’d like to reassure customers who prefer to use other payment methods - like cash and the Key - that they will still be able to do so.
“Our aim is to give people more choice, helping to make sustainable transport an even more attractive option here on the island. And I’m looking forward to hearing the views of those trying out the new system.”