TfL, ATOC and Cubic win with Oyster ticketing
The winner of the International Transport Forum’s prestigeous Transport Achievement Award is being honoured at a ceremony during the Annual Summit of Transport Ministers held on 3rd May 2012 in Leipzig, Germany.
Transport for London, the Association of Train Operating Companies and Cubic, from the United Kingdom, receive the Award for taking London’s famous Oyster card smart ticketing scheme to a new level.
Collaboration is King
Through collaboration the Oyster was extended to overground railway services. Since January 2010, customers have enjoyed the benefits travelling on all major public transport modes in London with one flexible ticket, covering 250 rail destinations within Greater London. In the two years since launch, usage has grown from 0.5 million journeys per week to 2.5 million journeys per week, on overground railways alone.
Michael Kloth, Acting Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum congratulated the winners on their achievement: “The project demonstrates how commitment to collaboration among public and private stakeholders can create a more joined-up transport system,” said Kloth. “This project is an excellent example of making transport more seamless, for the benefit of all users.”
UK Local Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “Smart ticketing is a great way for operators to make public transport the mode of choice for passengers and I congratulate everyone involved in achieving this 2012 Transport Achievement Award.
“Passengers no longer need to settle for the same old singles and returns – smart ticketing means they can be offered incentives, great value, and seamless travel between different operators and modes.
“I want us to build on the success of what has been done in London and I am pleased that my officials are working closely with TfL to learn lessons from their experience, both good and bad.”
Two other applicants will receive a special mention in the award ceremony, for projects deemed worthy by the expert jury : Land Transport Authority, Singapore, for their PLANET data analytics for urban planning and development, and Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, India, for their continued effort to enhance organised public transport services for medium-size cities.
Source: International Transport Forum (click here to download the full press release)