Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Bus tickets could be a thing of the past in Norfolk as the government plans to implement a new swipe card system for public transport.
Similar to the ‘Oyster’ scheme operated in London, the Department for Transport hopes the changes will help provide a more efficient, convenient and cheaper service for bus users.
Here’s what the people of Norwich has to say about the new “smart card”:
David Jones, 48, a supermarket worker from Hellesdon: “Anything that encourages public transport is a good thing. I’m a keen cyclist and traffic is a big problem in the city, so hopefully this will result in more people using the bus.”
Phil Wells, 21, a student from Manchester: “This is news to me, I get the bus every day and it will save me a lot of money if you can top up for weekly and monthly memberships. It’s good that Norwich is catching up with other areas of the country, the Oyster card works in London so I can’t see why a card wouldn’t work here.”
Joanna Calder, 24, an office worker form Norwich: “It won’t affect people that much. Money would be better spent improving the service and providing more buses and different bus times.”
Daniel Tuffield, 24, an office worker from Sprowston: “I hadn’t heard anything about it until now but if it saves people money then I think it’s a good thing. I would definitely use the bus more often.”
Tony Hunt, 63, a bar manager from Dereham: “It’s definitely good for people who use the bus a lot. £2.5 million is a lot to spend on a simple card service though, money could be spent on better public services like health.”
Linda Hunt, 61, retired from Dereham: “If there are enough nearby shops where you can buy and top up the cards then I think it will be good. I hardly get the bus so I would still use money rather than a card.”