Oyster card style scheme short-listed for county

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PLANS to bring in smart cards on south Hampshire’s buses, ferries, and eventually trains, have been short-listed for £2m of government cash.

As we reported last week, Transport for South Hampshire, a group including representatives from Hampshire County Council, and Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils, hopes to introduce a system similar to London’s Oyster card scheme, on the county’s public transport.

It would first be used on buses, then ferries, and later trains, and would enable card holders to use all means of transport by crediting them with cash, then pressing the cards to entrance points.

And Cllr Mel Kendal, who was last week re-elected to lead TfSH, confirmed the government has put it on its short list.

He said: ‘We’re particularly pleased with the work we are doing towards the introduction of a public transport smart ticket system.

‘We’re aware how well the Oyster card works in London and bus users here have indicated they’d welcome a similar system in south Hampshire.

‘We’ve made a bid to the government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund to enable us to develop the idea further and are delighted it is one of only eight schemes nationally, and two in the south east to be short-listed for government funding, depending on the submission of a full business case.’

TfSH must submit its business plan by December.