Rail Smartcard to be rolled out across the UK
8 March 2012
Smart cards, similar to Oyster cards which are being used for public transportation around London, are to be rolled out across the country, the transport secretary says.
Oyster card-style ticketing, allowing people to pay by swiping on a card reader, and more varied peak pricing were part of reforms announced to MPs.
Oyster is the cheapest way to pay for single journeys on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.
Justine Greening wants £3.5bn annual efficiency savings and said "inflation-busting fare rises" would end.
Under the reforms, the government will accept many of the recommendations in Sir Roy McNulty's report.
Sir Roy, a former civil servant commissioned by Whitehall to produce his report, estimated savings of between £700m and £1bn could be made annually by 2019 if his recommendations were put in place.