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25.03.13

‘Pop’ smartcard validation testing begins

Nexus has begun testing new station validators to allow smartcard technology to be used later this year.

Validators, automatic gates and smart ticket vending machines are being installed for passengers to use the Pop card. The move is part of the ‘Metro: all change’ programme to update stations, refurbish trains and lay new tracks.

The smartcard scheme will have a phased introduction, and Nexus has already issued 7,000 adult Pop cards.

Passengers will be able to use pay-as-you-go, topping up their cards at home, at local shops or at metro stations. They will also be able to upload weekly tickets.

Director of customer services for Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “The Pop card revolution is getting closer and the new Metro station validators are central to the new smarter way of traveling.

“Passengers will see more of the validators being switched on at Metro stations in the coming weeks. All you need to do for now is apply online for a Pop card.

“Each validator has a screen and a card reader below for passengers to validate their Pop card at the start and end of each journey on Metro. We will let people know well in advance when they need to start using the validators.

“When the system goes live it will be a massive change in the way people use the Metro system and we will ensure the public are fully informed about what they will need to do well ahead of the big switch on date.”

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