‘Bus card’ tickets just around the corner

LONDON-style Oyster cards could soon be in use on some West Yorkshire buses.

It should reduce the delays caused by people needing to pay cash for tickets, help speed up boarding and journey times.

The system will be introduced in December for over 60s using Keighley area buses and increased across the whole network by 2014.

The Integrated Transport Authority has approved repayable or lease arrangements to help bus operators install the card readers on their vehicles.

“Because the rate at which we can roll out of the scheme depends upon the cooperation of the bus operators and how quickly they install the card readers, we are keen to help speed up the process,” said Metro chairman James Lewis. Passengers will be able charge up their cards at shops and travel centres or online.