Bus passengers in York, North Yorkshire are benefitting from faster and more convenient travel thanks to the work of kiosk manufacturers Cammax Limited and the local council.
City of York Council (CYC) and Castleford-based Cammax have teamed up to design and deploy so-called ‘Smart Outdoor Card Dispensing Kiosks’ for all six Park and Ride sites throughout York and York City centre.
The state-of-the-art dispensing machines allow passengers to purchase local travel tickets with ease including Day, Weekly, Monthly and Annual passes as well as Park and Ride Tickets. Commuters can also use the machines to pay for their journeys or check the balance on their cards. ‘Park & Ride’, First York, Transdev, Cityzap and Coastliner tickets are all available for purchase alongside ‘All York’ tickets which permit holders to travel on any of the operators’ buses within the City of York area, much to the delight of local residents.
Smartcards are reusable plastic cards that can be used to travel on the city’s public transport. The installation of these state-of-the art and user-friendly machines has meant more public transport users have access to 24- hour payment facilities.
Over the coming years the kiosks are set to carry out hundreds of thousands of transactions, reducing the number of fares paid in cash and therefore reducing congestion and wait times; the move towards a cashless approach is set to make bus services more efficient and increase the number of journeys arriving on schedule.
The news kiosks are located at:
All six York Park & Ride sites
Opposite York Station
Cllr Ian Gillies, Executive Member for Transport and Planning, said: “The introduction of the ‘York by bus’ smartcard will allow passengers to simply tap and go when they board the bus. We hope that this will make bus travel even more attractive and further boost bus passenger numbers.
York is the latest area to benefit from Cammax Smart Ticketing kiosks, following the lead of both Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire who have also deployed smart ticket vending machines over the last couple of years.