Parkeon is set to deliver one of Europe’s most advanced multi-modal ticketing systems as part of a major public transport infrastructure investment in Northern Ireland.

The £45 million programme will include the delivery of a modernised ticketing system, including contactless payment technologies, to transform the travel experience of passengers and boost the number of people using public transport.

Northern Ireland Assembly Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard said: “A high quality public transport infrastructure is fundamental to encouraging people to use our buses and trains. This innovative ticketing system will deliver long term benefits and transform how we access public transport across the region.

“The current ticketing system was introduced 15 years ago and serves around 80 million passenger journeys every year.  This programme will deliver a modern, efficient and convenient ticketing system that will benefit passengers and lead to greater efficiencies. It will improve the passenger experience.”

Implementation is expected to start in 2018 with the new Bus Rapid Transit System.  Planned enhancements during the phasing in of the new Translink system will include contactless payment cards on bus, e-purse payments, ticket vending machines, gated rail stations and an online app for customers to manage their accounts and top-up their smart cards.

Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive said: “This is a key milestone in our plans to transform public transport and make it the first choice of travel. We are looking forward to working closely with Parkeon to introduce modern ticketing technologies that will create easier, integrated ticketing options offering customers more choice and convenience.  

Owen Griffith, Managing Director, Parkeon Transportation commented: “I am delighted that Parkeon has been selected to deliver this prestigious new system and am looking forward to working closely with Translink to make sure that the project is a great success. As specialists in transport ticketing solutions, Parkeon has a deep understanding of how the technologies that Translink have selected for this project can bring significant benefits in terms of convenience and ease-of-use for passengers.

“Investments such as this help to encourage people to make greater use of public transport and deliver benefits for everyone.”