First Wessex Launch Contactless Payment on Entire Bus Fleet
Local bus operator First Wessex has invested in brand new ticket machines which has also enabled the facility for contactless payment to be available on all of its buses within their Weymouth, Dorchester, Portland and south Dorset networks.
Designed to make paying for goods and services more convenient, the contactless option on First buses removes the need to carry cash, while the fast and easy contactless payment will improve boarding times and lead to quicker bus journeys for everyone on the bus. As well as all major card providers, the new ticket machines also accept Apple Pay and Android Pay as part of the contactless roll-out.
Marc Reddy, Managing Director of First Hampshire, Dorset & Berkshire, said:
We’re very proud to launch contactless payment technology on First’s buses. This is another major step forward in enhancing the customer experience and builds on other innovations including mTickets, and the new journey planner app.
Importantly, this gives our passengers another option opposed to using cash. We’re keen for passengers to move away from the traditional payment methods and embrace the new technologies, like contactless and mTickets, so that it can speed up the boarding process, and ultimately the entire time of their journey. The trend across the entire of the UK shows that more and more consumers are ditching cash for contactless, so we’re confident that this improvement will be warmly welcomed by our passengers.
Customers can pay with contactless for multiple tickets in a single transaction as long as the total amount is £30 or less. The banks have set the maximum amount that can be paid using contactless to £30. However, there is no limit on how much customers can spend with Apple Pay and Android Pay.
For more information about using contactless payment on First Wessex’s buses, please visit