smartcards move even closer in Yorkshire

Bus and train passengers in Yorkshire could be using electronic smartcards instead of paper tickets within three years under Government plans to extend the technology nationwide.

Transport authorities in West and South Yorkshire have been given a share of £20m to develop systems similar to London's Oyster card, after a trial called Yorcard testing the technology on buses and trains in the region came to an end in October.

Transport Secretary Lord Adonis makes the claim: "If passengers had smart tickets they'd almost certainly use public transport more'. Let's hope so.

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