Multi-operator contactless transport system launched in Nottingham

Nottingham’s multi-operator Tap & Go is now available across Nottingham City Transport buses, NET trams and Linkbuses.

The contactless transport ticketing system is what is claimed to be the first of its kind outside of London.

Service users can use a contactless bank card or phone and pay one daily charge capped at £5.60.

This is regardless of which operators are used and however many journeys they make.

The technology has been developed following a £2.7m bid from the Department for Transport’s National PRoductivty Fund and Transforming Cities Programme. It’s been supplied by INIT a German tech company based in Nottingham.

The council is working with DfT and regional partners such as Transport for the West Midlands.

The City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Local Transport, Councillor Rosemary Healy, said, “We have been working towards a multi-operator contactless and capped payment option for a number of years, to make using our wonderful public transport network as simple and stress-free as possible. It’s something we may have experienced in other great cities and I’m really pleased we are now offering it to people visiting, living and working in Nottingham.”

Jens Mullak, managing director of INIT, added, “We are thrilled to deliver this exciting ticketing solution, which makes public transport more attractive – particularly important as our sector tries to attract people back to our trams and buses. From our dedicated Nottingham office in the Lace Market, INIT continues to deliver simple fare solutions that Nottingham’s passengers expect and deserve, and which has been propelled, in part, by their wish to pay using contactless during the pandemic.”