Posted on Thursday, 21st December 2017 at 09:02

Edinburgh Trams is set to streamline customer ticket purchases with the introduction of contactless payments.

Ticket machines at tram stops will be able to accept debit or credit card electronic payment technology for all fares without the need to enter a PIN number.

The upgraded ticket vending machines will also be able to accept payments using Apple Pay or Android Pay, so customers using the latest mobile technology don’t need to dig in their wallet or purse for a card or loose change.

Lea Harrison, Edinburgh Trams Managing Director, explained:

“We’re introducing contactless payment in response to the changing needs of our customers.

“Our customers are telling us they want different ways of paying and they want to speed up the transaction time at our ticket vending machines.

“All customers need to do is select their ticket and touch a special pad with their card or mobile device running a suitable app for a quicker, smoother purchase.

“This type of payment method has become increasingly popular in coffee shops, restaurants and retail outlets, so we’re sure it’ll prove a hit!”

Around half of the ticket machines at tram stops are now accepting contactless payments over the £3 minimum spend. The rest of the system is expected to be upgraded by the end of January.