PayPoint has launched its multi-operator smart ticketing service across the Greater Manchester area. The new service will allow passengers to purchase selected current System One travelcards to load onto a get me there or other ITSO compatible smart card at any of the 1,334 PayPoint retailers in the region.
The launch is the latest in a growing number of major smart transport services operated by PayPoint, using ACT’s Cloud Ticketing Service. It follows successful launches in Merseyside and Cardiff over the past two years, bringing more value to retailers and giving customers extra reasons to do more at their local store.
The get me there travelcard is designed to make bus travel across Greater Manchester easy. Passengers using an ITSO smart card loaded with a 7-day or 28-day get me there travelcard have the flexibility to travel on the most convenient bus service using a single smart card. Passengers can purchase new travelcards to load onto their smart card whenever they need to travel.
Lewis Alcraft, Commercial Director at PayPoint, commented: “We’re excited to be launching our next multi-operator smart ticketing scheme with Greater Manchester Travelcard Limited (GMTL) and giving passengers greater choice and access to topping up their smart cards at a nearby store. Our relationship with ACT and our portfolio of smart ticketing services continues to grow and we’re looking to add more regions in the near future.”
GMTL General Manager, Gradyn Thompson, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with PayPoint to extend the availability of get me there travelcards. Being able to purchase travelcards prior to boarding buses was a major element of the smart card scheme delivered by Greater Manchester’s bus operators and Transport for Greater Manchester”.
PayPoint integrated its payments service with ACT’s Cloud Ticketing Service in order to offer passengers a convenient way to top up their smart cards using ACT’s established, secure, ticketing platform.
Gary Watts, CEO, ACT, said: “We’re delighted to welcome GMTL and the get me there brand to our Cloud Ticketing Service, using PayPoint retail channels. Our smart ticketing platform services many of the country’s largest smart ticketing and payment schemes. Our retail partnership with PayPoint has already proven popular with passengers in Cardiff and Merseyside and we look forward to continuing this service to passengers across Greater Manchester.”