Bus passengers across Teesside will benefit from smart, multi-operator travel from July 30 as the region’s top bus operators join forces to launch the latest smart ticketing initiative.
Stagecoach North East and Arriva have now been joined by Go North East as part of the Easyrider scheme and together have launched a new multi-operator smart card.
The scheme will give customers the flexibility to use one card to travel across the region and allow unlimited travel on each operator’s buses throughout Teesside for the equivalent of less than £3 per day.
The new Smart Easyrider, developed in partnership by all three bus companies, will build on the success of the north east SmartZone card and demonstrates the continued investment of the operators to deliver smarter ticketing for millions of bus passengers across the region.
Passengers can now purchase their weekly Easyrider on a StagecoachSmart card, Arriva Connect or Go North East key smartcard from their driver.
Longer term Easyriders can also be purchased online or in travelshops. Tickets will be accepted on any Stagecoach, Go North East or Arriva services across Teesside, or across the wider Tees Valley.
Once purchased, customers can catch the first bus that comes along, making their journeys even easier and more convenient.
Passengers simply hold their card over the ticket reader when boarding the bus to record their journey. Smartcards are also very secure as they can be replaced or cancelled if they become lost, unlike a traditional paper ticket.
The new tickets offer unlimited travel from as little as £20 a week or £75 for 4 weeks on Teesside, and it is hoped the new smart ticketing will encourage even more people to use buses in the region.
• Pictured above (left to right): Stephen King (head of commercial and retail, Go North East), Ben Houchen (Tees Valley Mayor), Nick Knox (area managing director, Arriva North East) and Steve Walker (managing director, Stagecoach North East).