As an addition to using ticket machines within stations, customers can now use 45 Payzone local retail stores, all within walking distance of Subway stations.
SPT Chief Executive Gordon Maclennan said:
“We’re delighted to extend Smartcard top up to Payzone outlets across Glasgow. With over 70,000 of our Smartcards now in circulation it will be an added convenience for customers who use the Subway.
“This is part of our wider ambition to deliver seamless travel to passengers across Strathclyde through the use of smart technology. With online top up expected later this year, using Smartcard for travel is becoming more convenient than ever.”
Credit or season travel tickets are uploaded directly to the Subway Smartcard using contactless handheld terminals.
Damian Scholes – Business Development Director from Payzone said:
“Payzone is an easy way to add travel at your convenience in your local shops. Payzone has enabled 45 outlets at locations close to Subway stations which are open, early morning or late into the evening seven days a week. We have been delivering Smart Ticketing services across the whole of the UK and are delighted to be working alongside SPT. We look forward to delivering further services together.”
Subway Smartcards are powered by ‘Bramble’ smart technology delivered by Nevis Technologies, the joint venture partnership between SPT and Smart Technology experts Ecebs, based in East Kilbride.
David Braddock, Director of Nevis Technologies said:
“The integration with Payzone makes it even easier for travellers to get their tickets or top ups. Uploading straight to your Smartcard but away from the station is something we know people want – it’s very simple and convenient and helps to avoid queues at stations during peak periods. All you need is a Subway Smartcard and the Bramble technology will do the rest.”
Uptake of the Subway Smartcard continues to increase, with around 230,000 ‘smart’ journeys taking place on the Subway every week.
The Smartcard, which allows Subway tickets to be stored and read electronically, is free and unique to customers once they register at spt.co.uk/smart. Local Payzone outlets nearest Subway Stations can be found at www.payzone.co.uk