insideKENT Magazine insideKENT October 2018 Issue 79 - Page 72

VISITKENT HERE’S HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON BUS TRAVEL PASSENGERS TRAVELLING ON STAGECOACH BUSES IN KENT AND EAST SUSSEX CAN SAVE UP TO 40 PER CENT ON THEIR BUS TICKET BY USING THE FIRM’S SMARTPHONE APP. THE BUS COMPANY IS OFFERING CHEAPER DAY, EVENING AND WEEK TICKETS IN THE HOPE IT WILL ENCOURAGE MORE PASSENGERS TO SWITCH TO MOBILE TICKETING, WHICH IT SAYS HELPS SPEED UP THE OVERALL JOURNEY TIME FOR ITS CUSTOMERS. “Eight out of ten people in the UK use a Smartphone and more and more of our customers favour the ease and control that buying tickets on our app gives them,” says Matthew Arnold, Stagecoach commercial director for the South East. “We know that at busy times when people are queuing at the bus stop, it’s much quicker to hop on board with a mobile ticket to show the driver, and we hope that by offering mobile tickets at a reduced price, more people will choose to use them.” The app offers bus users a digital solution for buying and using bus tickets alongside existing contactless and cash payments on the bus. Day and week tickets can 72 be purchased on the app in advance of travel, which saves time when boarding the bus. Stagecoach say that no internet or data connection is required to show the ticket, which can be activated at any time up to three months after the initial purchase. Showing the ticket to the bus driver takes just a few seconds, something the bus firm maintain helps keep buses running punctually at busy times. The Stagecoach Bus App, available for free on Apple and Android mobile phones, was launched in 2016 and offers journey planning and live bus tracking as well as mobile tickets. Payments via the app can be made by PayPal, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or by debit or credit card. INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT STAGECOACH: • Stagecoach is one of the biggest bus operators in the UK, running around 7,000 vehicles in nearly 100 towns and cities in the UK. • Stagecoach Group’s headquarters are in Perth, Scotland, where it began operating in 1980 with just two buses. The company floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1993 and now has an annual turnover of around £1.3 billion. • Stagecoach South East is one of 18 locally managed companies within Stagecoach Group. • Stagecoach South East headquarters are in Canterbury and the company currently runs 459 buses and coaches, employs 1,298 staff and carries over 43 million passengers per annum.