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Oyster style card launched by Newport Bus

24 August 2012

Newport Bus is offering their customers greater flexibility to pay for journeys with Freedom, its new pay-as-you-go smartcard.

Underpinned by ACT’s next generation ticketing platform, Freedom offers less frequent travellers a convenient way to pay for journeys. Newport Bus also launched its PASSPORT and PASSPORT Plus smartcards recently, for frequent travellers providing unlimited travel passes for a week, month or year. Passengers now have a choice of flexible ways to pay for their travel needs no matter how often they travel.

For more detail please read the press release from Newport Bus below.

Oyster style card launched by Newport Bus

A new way of catching the bus was unveiled in Newport on August 13 when Newport Bus launched Freedom, its new pay-as-you-go smartcard.

Freedom Card 2Freedom is a free, plastic smartcard that people can use instead of paper tickets on Newport Bus’ services. Card holders put credit on the card either when they’re on the bus or at Newport Bus Station in multiples of £5, £10, £15 and £20. The maximum amount that can be put on the card in one top-up is £20 though the card can store up to £50 in total.

The card works by deducting the cost of the person’s bus journey or ticket when it is placed on a Newport Bus ticket machine and can be used to buy any of the operator’s on-bus products including City and City Day Plus tickets.

A card holder can give their Freedom card to someone else to use if they want to and also use it pay for other people’s journeys if they have friends and family travelling with them and have enough credit on their card.

The card is free and available from Newport Bus’ Travel Centre at Newport Bus Station or online at Bus users just add credit to the card as and when they need to like London’s Oyster card.

Scott Pearson, Managing Director of Newport Transport, said: “This is another landmark step by Newport Bus to provide the people of Newport with flexible and convenient ways of using their local bus services.

“Our network covers some 200 square miles making us a true regional transport provider and the Freedom card gives people an affordable and easy way of using this network to get about the city and South East Wales.”

In July Newport Bus launched its new PASSPORT and PASSPORT Plus smartcards. The cards are different to Freedom because they offer unlimited travel for the period of time a person has paid for – week, month or year. All three cards can be topped-up on the bus.


For more information, please contact: Joanne Hutchinson, Marketing Manager, Applied Card Technologies Limited.

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