‘Norfolk’s Oyster card’ set to be accepted on Simonds services

Carl Lummis, left, of Simonds, with Laurie Egan Norfolk County Council's Travel Systems Manager ANL-151231-141841001

Carl Lummis, left, of Simonds, with Laurie Egan Norfolk County Council's Travel Systems Manager ANL-151231-141841001

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The Oyster card now seems synonymous with public transport travel in London, while many rural areas still make do with old fashioned cash payments.

But now a new smartcard, launched by Norfolk County Council, is to be accepted by Simonds of Diss, for use on its services.

Called ‘holdall’ it allows users to top up their cards with cash ensuring they can travel knowing they will never be short of a fare.

Tickets can also often be purchased at a discount.

For bus companies there are big advantages through reduced cash handling and faster boarding, while customers can automatically top-up using ‘sQuid purse’ which enables e-payments to be made on to the card.

It will also avoid travellers fumbling for the right change.

Simonds was one of four bus companies that in November announced their intention to accept holdall sQuid payments early in 2016. For Simonds, the new way of paying for tickets and getting the best prices will begin on January 4.

Carl Lummins, Simonds operations manager, said: “Simonds are happy to come ‘on-board’ with this new travel initiative which is a great example of Norfolk County Council and a local operator working together for the benefit of the travelling public.”

The smartcard was launched in 2014 for travellers using Norwich Park and Ride, with the Department of Transport giving £2.5 million to help set up the pilot. Sanders and Lynx buses are other operators to sign up to the scheme.

To sign up for a holdall smartcard go online at: https://holdall.norfolk.gov.uk/home.faces