South East set to get contactless payments for train journeys

Those in the South East of England are set to benefit from new contactless payment technology when purchasing train tickets, following the announcement of a new £10 million contract to deploy the kit across the region.

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Those in the South East of England are set to benefit from new contactless payment technology when purchasing train tickets, following the announcement of a new £10 million contract to deploy the kit across the region.

Rail Settlement Plan, which provides and manages services to the UK’s train companies, is working with train operators in the South East to create a ‘smart ticketing’ infrastructure.

It has said that it will require suppliers to deliver both free-standing and wall mounted ‘platform validators’ [contactless payment machines], which will come with hardwired power supply and ethernet connectivity.

A contract notice states: “The requirement includes the provision of equipment, hardware and software design, development, testing and installation services. Maintenance and ongoing service support will also be required.”

The Department for Transport announced last year said that rolling out smart card technology across the UK railways could help deliver £3.5 billion worth of efficiency savings by 2019.

The contract notice also requires that the new systems are ITSO compliant, a standard the Department for Transport highlighted as important to allow for interoperability between different smart card schemes across the country and to allow the systems to be integrated with other modes of transport.

Suppliers have until 9 December to submit their applications to be involved and the contract duration is currently set to three years from its award.

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