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We've worked with Transport for the West Midlands and Nottingham City Council to develop plans for a region wide, 'tap and cap' smart payment system for public transport. Once delivered, it will allow passengers to travel seamlessly across multiple modes of transport including bus, tram and train, paying for travel via one smart device such as a debit card or mobile phone, with fares falling under a daily payment cap.
We're seeking £20million from Government to deliver this 'tap and cap' system, which could be up and running in some parts of the region by 2022 and region wide by 2024.
Midlands Connect has responsibility for submitting priority improvement schemes on the Major Road Network (MRN), a newly defined tier of economically important local authority A roads.
We are developing a complementary technology strategy for the MRN to maximise connectivity. We're investigating opportunities like universal 5G coverage, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV), access to electric vehicle charging points and full integration with technological innovations on the Strategic Road Network (SRN).
Working closely with Midlands Connect stakeholders, we've identified quick win options like variable message signage and dynamic real-time road works information, alongside longer term strategic priorities including an audit of electric vehicle charging points.
Robin Hood smartcards registered in Greater Nottingham
Swift smartcard journeys made in the West Midlands in 2017/18
Cllr Simon Spencer, Cabinet Member for Highways Transport and Infrastructure,
Derbyshire County Council