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Get on board with Contactless!

24 September 17


Contactless payment is now available on all of Arriva’s 498 buses in the North East. To mark the occasion, celebrations have been held across the North East including Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Redcar, Darlington Durham Ashington & Blyth.

The events have showcased an example of a contactless machine and a live demo. They also included a pop-up Contactless ‘Café’, contactless buzz game, free giveaways and the chance to win an Apple Watch! 7 lucky winners have already received an Apple watch.

We are the first region outside of London to benefit from contactless payment on its buses. Delivering significant benefits to our passengers who are now able to pay for their journey with a contactless credit or debit card.


As contactless payment technology revolutionises the UK high street, we has worked closely with technology and payment providers, Parkeon and Six Payments, to build a secure and innovative payment option for passengers. This utilises the latest technology to provide a safe and easy way to pay.                            

We have invested in contactless payment solutions to give greater payment choices to our passengers. They can also pay using local authority smart cards, which can be used across local authority boundaries and using Arriva’s own smartcard, Arriva Connect. Unlike in London, passengers are still be able to pay in cash if they prefer


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