All buses across the Liverpool city region will accept contactless payments from 31 July. Stagecoach went contactless in July 2017, with Arriva, the city’s region’s largest bus operator, following in June this year. The end of July will see all other bus operators come on board, according to the Liverpool city region combined authority which has provided £1.05million from the Transforming Cities Fund.
Liverpool mayor Steve Rotheram acknowledges the role of the Bus Alliance with major operators in achieving contactless payments but wants further and faster progress to improve bus services. “The roll out of contactless technology is yet another step in the right direction as we seek to create a Liverpool City Region transport system that is fit for the 21st century – and it brings us into line with cities like London,” says Rotheram. “The bus alliance has allowed us to make good progress in modernising our bus network – but now, with the powers we have through the Bus Services Act 2017 – we can move ahead at speed, beyond incremental improvements.”