Sittingbourne bus operator, Chalkwell have announced all of the ticket machines on their local bus services, including those on school services, have been upgraded to receive contactless payments on board. This is part of wider Covid-Secure measures that Chalkwell has taken.

The new ticket machines are equipped with the latest technology and this now allows Chalkwell to reduce the amount of cash handling that takes part on a day-to-day basis and reduces time spent by passengers dwelling at the front of the vehicle.

Customers now have convenient ways to pay for their travel including card, Google Pay and Apple Pay; simply tap your card or your mobile phone.

All concessionary passes along with the Kent Saver and 16+ cards are still accepted.

Cash payments will still be accepted but should only be used where unavoidable.

Roland Eglinton, Managing Director said ‘These new ticket machines are a huge step forward for us, and represent a significant investment in our bus network. It allows the customer much more reassurance in these times when their safety and wellbeing is paramount. It’s also ideal for parents who don’t want to give their children amounts of cash to be able to pay for a bus ticket when they can now simply tap a card or a mobile phone’.

Other Covid-Secure measures to ensure that customers are well protected whilst travelling including a thorough risk assessment, disinfectant fogging, reduced vehicle capacities, protective screens and hand sanitiser on vehicles. The Company has produced a handy guide for customers explaining the measures taken.

“Whether it is a group hiring a coach for the day, a business transporting it’s staff or children travelling to school, customers can rest assured they are in safe hands with Chalkwell” Roland added. The Covid-Secure guide can be found at www.chalkwell.co.uk