To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds her Department has allocated to support the extension of the Oyster card fare payment system; by what means train operating companies can bid for such funding; what criteria such bids must meet to be successful; and if she will make a statement.
As part of the November Growth Review, the Government allocated £45 million to support the installation of smart ticketing equipment in a large number of stations in the South East.
This will allow train operators to offer flexible ticketing products on their networks more quickly than would have been possible if we had waited for the start of new franchises to make progress. This equipment will enable ITSO compliant smart tickets to be used on these routes. By January 2014 the DfT's ITSO on Prestige project will enable ITSO smart cards to be accepted by Oyster readers and used across London.
These initiatives will build on the investment that has already been made, for example by including mandatory smart ticketing requirements in the franchises for East Midlands, London Midland, Southern and Southwest trains. TfL is also working on various Oyster related initiatives and emerging contactless bankcard solutions.