Bus boarding times look set to be slashed in South Yorkshire after an operator launched a new mobile phone app for buying tickets.
Customers wanting to travel on First buses are now able to buy ‘mTickets’ online - and show the ticket to a driver using their mobile phone.
The initiative, called First Bus Mobile Tickets, has been launched by the bus operator to make it easier for customers, remove the need for the correct change and speed up boarding times. It is also hoped it will encourage more people to travel by bus.
Ben Gilligan, managing director for First in South Yorkshire, said: “This is great news for customers.
“The mTicket offers people an even easier way to travel with one of our value-for-money fares and I’m confident that, together with the further service improvements we are introducing, this will help encourage even more new customers on to First buses.”
Passengers are able to buy Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and South Yorkshire day, week and month tickets on the new app, as well as student tickets, including a £28 month pass.
It is available to download for free on App Store and Google Play - and some tickets, including month ones, are cheaper if purchased on a mobile phone.
Once a ticket has been purchased and paid for, customers are sent a virtual ticket to show to the driver. Repeat customers only need to select the required tickets and confirm their card’s security.
The new app was launched at First’s Olive Grove Road depot in Heeley, and to mark the occasion passengers can save 25 per cent off week tickets up to September 29.
Stagecoach is giving students a chance to save with a new ticket.
The Unirider is for students at The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, offering unlimited travel on all Stagecoach buses in the city. It costs £75 for the first term or £170 for the year.
Paul Lynch, managing director, Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “With the discounted term time and annual ticket options, the Unirider now offers even better value bus travel to help students get around Sheffield, whether it’s for lectures, shopping or leisure. It means there’s no need to budget each week for travel, you can just hop on the bus in Sheffield as many times as you like.”