New plans for Scottish Oyster Card
2 October 2012
Plans have been revealed for a Scotland travel smartcard which can be used across public transport networks.
The Scottish government has backed the plan for what it calls a Saltire Card.
It will work in a similar way to the Oyster Card system in London, and will be used on trains, buses, ferries, subway and trams.
The government and Transport Scotland have started work with operators, local authorities and regional transport partnerships on a number of demonstrator projects.
Pilot schemes in local areas are to be announced soon.
The Scotland-wide concessionary travel scheme for bus journeys already uses 7,000 smart-enabled ticket machines.
The government has said it is the biggest bus smart ticketing scheme outside London, used by more than one million cardholders making 164 million journeys each year.