Kezia Dugdale unveils ‘integrated transport’ plans

Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale has revealed plans for the party to implement a 'Saltire' card, usable on all methods of public transport, if the party is elected in May. Picture: John Devlin
Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale has revealed plans for the party to implement a 'Saltire' card, usable on all methods of public transport, if the party is elected in May. Picture: John Devlin
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Scottish Labour has announced plans to introduce an “integrated transport system” with one “smart ticket” which can be used on all modes of transport across Scotland, if the party is elected in May.

The compulsory system, which would apply to all operators, would be introduced in the first year of a Scottish Labour government in a new transport bill.

Payment by contactless credit or debit cards would be introduced by the end of the next Parliament, the party said.

Leader Kezia Dugdale also pledged to regulate bus services and provide transport authorities with powers to set service levels and group profitable routes with non-profitable routes, to improve coverage across the country.

She said: “We need a transport system that works for commuters, not transport bosses.

“Right now, the Scottish transport system is a patchwork of services and many areas are left behind with no decent provision.

“That’s why we will legislate for an integrated transport system with regulated bus services and one smart ticket that can take you across Scotland.”

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The Scottish Government announced plans for a Scotland-wide smart “Saltire card” - similar to Transport for London’s successful Oyster card - in 2012, but the scheme is yet to come to fruition.

Ms Dugdale continued: “People should be able to travel the length and breadth of our country with one card in their pocket.

“In 2012, we were told this wasn’t far off but in 2016 we’re still waiting.

“London has had a single smartcard for thirteen years and have recently started taking payments using contactless credit and debit cards. The technology exists - all we need is the political will to deliver it.

“The last Labour Scottish Government introduced concessionary travel for older people - a policy we are proud of.”

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