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[January 08, 2013]
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(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Transport for London's contactless-payment systems went live just before Christmas, allowing passengers to use a specially adapted credit or debit card instead of an Oyster card. But much of the rest of the UK is still getting to grips with similar smart-ticketing systems.
This was a real concern for many panellists, who believed that smartcards and mobile phones could help herald a revolution in public transport.
The government is being urged to introduce a package of measures - including nationwide smart-ticketing systems - to encourage a greater uptake in public transport, reduce congestion and improve traffic safety and the environment.
(c) 2013 Guardian Newspapers Limited.
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