11 FEBRUARY 2019
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The Department for Transport has announced a public consultation to deliver smart ticketing and pay-as-you-go (PAYG) travel to an expanded area across the south-east of England, including Luton Airport.
In the north of England, the government has allocated £150m to the PAYG programme already being progressed by Transport for the North and, in London, Oyster ticketing already offers seamless PAYG travel.
PAYG systems automatically charge the fare for a journey without passengers needing to buy a ticket, making it more convenient for many travellers since it avoids the need to work out daily or weekly travel in advance or queue to buy tickets.
The consultation is designed to offer the public, businesses, local authorities and others the opportunity to have their say on how the system could operate and where it could extend to.
The consultation will look at what a PAYG travel area is and how it would work in general and where a PAYG travel area in the south-east could cover, as the next step towards a wider ambition to roll out PAYG in commuter areas.
Officials confirmed the proposed PAYG travel area in London would include Luton Airport and should be delivered by the end of this year.
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