The Norwich bus firm that will let you use your mobile as a ticket

Thursday, May 15, 2014
4:55 PM

Students and staff using buses to travel to the University of East Anglia will soon be able to use their mobile phones as bus tickets via a new app.

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The smart phone app “First Bus Mobile Tickets” means from June 1 users of First Bus travelling to the UEA will be able to buy their tickets on their smart phone and will no longer need to purchase a ticket from the driver.

Passengers will simply show the driver the ticket on their mobile phone screens. Tickets available include 3Month, Annual and Trio, which is valid between September 1 2014 and June 30 2015.

Dawn Dewar, transport co-ordinator at the UEA, said: “We are very pleased to have been able to work in partnership with First Bus to develop a ticketing system which will appeal to the majority of our bus users and are proud to be the first University in the UK to have its own exclusive m-ticket.”

The initiative has been introduced to make it easier for UEA customers to buy tickets as well as to speed up boarding times. It is also hoped that it will encourage more people to travel by bus and improve journey times.

Talking about the launch of mobile ticketing, First Eastern Counties’ commercial director, Steve Wickers, said: “This is great news for customers. The m-Ticket offers people an even easier way to travel with one of our value-for-money fares and I’m confident will help encourage more staff and students onto First buses.

“We are trialing this at the University of East Anglia and hope to introduce it to the rest of the county in due course.”

The app is available for free on the App Store and Google Play. Tickets available include three-month, annual and trio, which are valid between September 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.

7 comments

  • So to buy a single, two trip, day, week or ten trip ticket you still have to pay cash to the driver? Therefore this app on this journey is only going to be attractive to students or regular travellers who are able to have the funds available to buy a longer term ticket. Because by their very nature buses usually attract more people of limited funds than those who can afford other means of transport how many people will actually be able to afford to use this service? Also where are the funds coming from to introduce the service?

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    PDH

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Thas witchcraft tha is

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    AE

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Only Me & DI Wyman, we berated Holdall on here a few weeks back as they were saying it was modern when London and laods of other major cities have had a smart card for about 10 years now. Anyway at the time we were told it would spread to First, Anglian, Konnect etc. Seems we were lied to.

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    Mooseyt4

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Jack - NCC launched their 'Oyster' style cards, called Holdall, several weeks ago and big savings can be made. Ten individual peak time journeys from Sprowston to the City Bracondale would cost £35. With Holdall it is £27 and you have a year in which to use them up.

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    DI Wyman

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Jack - the Oyster style cards (Holdall) are alive and well and have been in use for several weeks now on the park & ride buses which NCC run. I doubt they have any say in if or when First will take them up.

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    Only Me

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • What happened to the oyster style cards promised by first and Norfolk county council? This is Just another scheme that is not fully setup and they will say not enough people will use it and then shut it down, but if they get all of the routes in the east on board it would make the buses more stream line

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    Jack Lemmon

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Just on the UEA routes? that's ridiculous, what about the rest of the network. Still living in the late 00's First, get with the times.

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    Mooseyt4

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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