National Express is planning to introduce a smartcard-based ticketing system on its coach routes nationwide, starting with a pilot scheme in Coventry later this year.
Coach customers can charge the card with cash at 'filling points', then pay for journeys on-board coaches using a smartcard terminal.
As well as being more convenient for passengers, the system will provide the coach operator with extensive information on its customers.
National Express has bought a £4 million stake in smartcard specialist Prepayment Cards. Rivals Stagecoach and Firstgroup also have stakes in the company.
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