TCF News

Updated on 7th August 2020

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough backs SPV for metro scheme
Transport Network
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has agreed to form an arm's length body to take forward the delivery of the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM).

Conduent Transportation Completes Implementation of First Phase of Next-Generation Fare ... [Belgium]
PR Newswire UK
"In light of COVID-19 and health concerns, contactless fare collection ... a device or other media, such as a smartphone or smart card, but in the cloud.

New Ticket Machines and Smartcards for Transport for Wales
Business News Wales
Smart cards can be used to buy weekly, monthly and annual season tickets. Supporting this change, platform validators have also been installed at ...

Turkey's smart transport plan features single card for nationwide mass transit
Daily Sabah
The Turkish Presidency issued a new decree on Wednesday for the implementation of a smart transportation system across the country. The decree ...

City Red Introduces Fuss-free Contactless 'Tap & Cap' Payments in Southampton and Launches ...
First Bus
City Red also brings its customers Express Mode for Apple Pay, offering an alternative, quicker and easier way to avoid paying by cash for bus ...

Train firms now part of public sector, ONS says
Transport Network
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reclassified train companies operating under emergency measures agreements (EMAs) as part of the public sector.

Can any ITSO smartcard be used to purchase any ticket in the UK?
RailUK Forums
Just a quick question regarding smartcards. Can any ITSO smartcard be used to buy any ticket? Or do you still need a separate smartcard for every ...

Transport after the first Covid-wave: what customers want now and how to respond
In the fourth article in Atkins’ “Reopen, recover, reimagine” series of articles; Felicity Heathcote-Marcz writes about the impact of the virus on our travel behaviours and looks at the wider implications for the way we travel. Felicity is a Senior Consultant in the Transportation business in Atkins and is a trained ethnographer, specialising in providing rigorous research to technical and customer/user focussed client projects.

Will autonomous vehicles change our experiences of streets for better, or worse?
In case you hadn’t noticed, driverless cars are not going to be neatly delivering us about the city any time soon (despite many claims to the contrary). But while city streets respond to sudden pressures of social distancing, the technology continues to develop, carving out operational niches from which to expand – driverless shuttles in retirement villages, delivery bots in selected suburbs, and autopilot features for driving on congested highways.

Bringing payments and transport together in harmony
Transit systems have come a long way since the days when only cash could be utilised on bus and trains. Today, there are a range of payment options available to travellers, including paper, magnetic tickets and cards, smartcards, mobile tickets, open loop cars and Mobility as a Service (MAAS). By Venceslas Cartier, Global Head of Transportation & Smart Mobility at Ingenico Enterprise Retail

UK Gov comes up with £200,000 plan to fix railway not spots
The UK Department of Transport has announced a £200,000 research programme to create a new type of radio antenna designed for clipping onto existing rail infrastructure.

Facial Biometric Corridor on Eurostar routes to avert deepfakes crime
The biometric corridor, which has been called the “future of rail travel” is scheduled to be in live operation by March 31, 2021, on Eurostar railway networks with St Pancras International as its heart centre. The software which facilitates the facial biometric check has been developed by iProov, a company founded in 2011 with a track record of assisting banks, including the ING in the Netherlands, and governments to meet their Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations

TfL's future up for grabs in government review
Transport Network
The independence and financial future of Transport for London could be on the line, after the government announced a wide-ranging review of the transport authority's finances and structure.

Visa brings the convenience of contactless payments to public transport
LIT Transit
Contactless transit payments quick fire Q&A with Melvin Andrews Joseph of Visa. Did you join our recent webinar GO CONTACTLESS: Keep your ...

Huntingdon and St Neots rail stations undergoing deep-clean Covid-19 virus treatment
Hunts Post
It has also updated its “Key” smartcard so customers can buy season tickets on their phone and load them on to their card, avoiding ticket machines ...

Government announces £200k investment in railway mobile connectivity research
The government has today announced a £200k investment in research that will boost mobile connectivity for rail passengers. Transport secretary Grant Shapps revealed this morning that a £200k government investment will launch research into developing a prototype that could signal the end of internet blackouts leading to more productive rail journeys.

TfN out in the cold as DfT sets up Northern Transport Council
The government this week announced the creation of a Northern Transport Acceleration Council to fast-track transport projects across the region, in what is being seen as a snub to Transport for the North (TfN).

Transport for the South East bids for statutory status
Transport Network
Transport for the South East has submitted a bid to become the second statutory sub-national transport body with direct influence over government decision-making.

New Ticketer system brings Contactless and Passenger Counting to Warrington's Own Buses
Gary Skentelbery
We will have contactless card and mobile phone payments across our entire fleet, which can only be good news.” Drivers and passengers alike, will also ...

Australian biometric ID launched for travelers
A new Australian biometric ID system has gone live, designed to support visa and border processing and bring more efficiency to international travel.

UK: Contactless payment now available on all Warrington's Own Buses
Warrington Guardian
Warrington's Own Buses have upgraded their ticket machines across the whole fleet so that contactless payments can now be made on all routes. With support from Merseytravel, passengers have been issued new ITSO smart cards so they can continue to travel as before, with no interruption to their journey across the Warrington and Liverpool City Region boundaries.

NEC partners with SITA for touchless airport biometrics, celebrates 121 years of innovation
Biometric Update
NEC has deployed more than 1,000 systems with biometric fingerprint and face recognition technologies in 70 countries, in fields ranging from criminal ...

Visa is rolling out contactless payments on public transport in 500 cities as the pandemic-driven ...
Business Insider
The payment-solutions company is launching contactless Visa-branded cards with Cubic Transportation Systems in cities including London, Miami, New ...

You may never need to touch a parking pay station again, thanks to 'scan-to-park' from Nedbank ... [SA]
Scan-to-park allows anyone with a Masterpass-enabled QR code scanning banking app or digital wallet to scan their parking ticket and make instant ...