Yorkshire trial for train and bus smartcards
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.
The Government wants smart ticketing across the country by 2020 and in major urban areas within five years, but experts in the region want it installed sooner.
Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said: "The benefits of smart ticketing to passengers are clear – quicker, easier and potentially better value journeys on trains, buses and trams, whichever company runs the service. We could even see the death of the paper ticket as direct payment and mobile phone technology picks up pace."
It looks like the only way you will be able to travel without the Government having a record of your details will be to use 'evasion tactics' and travel cross country at night!