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New developments for Walrus smartcard

Published on 20/10/2017
‚ÄčLocal residents and visitors are set to benefit from the latest Walrus smartcard ticketing developments

From 30 October, people who use the bus frequently , but not often enough to make it worth buying a season ticket, will be able to buy 'bundles' of one day Adult (19 years and over) Solo tickets, which can be used to make unlimited journeys on any bus across Merseyside at any time of day.

Following the successful launch earlier this year of the One Day Adult Solo ticket, the ability to buy tickets in advance for one, three or five days will now make ticket buying more convenient. The tickets will be accepted by all bus operators across Merseyside and each valid day ticket can be used for a whole days travel, so long as it is within a 12 month period of when the last ticket was sold. They can be loaded onto a Walrus card from PayPoint stores and Merseytravel Centres.

Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee which oversees the work of Merseytravel said:

"We are continually looking to develop our smart ticketing offer, working with operators most notably through the Liverpool City Region Bus Alliance, to ensure that tickets best suit the journeys people want to make, offering choice, value and simplicity.

"As well as Merseytravel tickets, some operator tickets can now be bought on Walrus too, making Walrus the chosen smart ticketing scheme for the Liverpool City Region.

"We've made significant progress since 2014, with 2.5m smart tickets sold, but we've still got more to do. We are working to introduce the ability to purchase tickets online as well as ensuring we're plugged in to wider smart ticketing developments being taken forward through Transport for the North."

Since 2015, just over 500,000 Walrus smartcards have been issued free of charge to customers by Merseytravel. However, it was always intended that once the scheme was established an activation fee would be implemented for any new cards to cover production and distribution charges. The £1 fee will be introduced on 30 October, so passengers are encouraged to keep hold of their existing Walrus cards and reuse them each time they buy smart travel tickets.

For further details about the range of ticketing options visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk/tickets

The aim of the Bus Alliance is to encourage more people to travel by bus. It is about creating better bus services for existing and potential new users. Ultimately, growing the number of fare paying passengers drives up investment for all.

A formal partnership between Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach, it is redefining the way we 'do' bus in the Liverpool City Region. The Alliance is focussed on quality of vehicles and customer service, value for money journeys and straightforward travel from simple fare structures to easy to understand journey planning and a clear, simple bus network.

As 80 per cent of public transport journeys in the City Region are made by bus, there is potential for bus to play a much more significant role in growing our economy, better linking people with jobs and opportunities, education and leisure

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