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East and West Midlands Travel Card Announced

A travel card has been announced that is set to cover the East and West Midlands areas.

The scheme is set to replace the West Midlands' Swift card and Nottingham's Robin Hood travel card, and will likely be extended through to non-city regions in the near future.

Local authorities across the East and West Midlands estimate that the scheme will come at a cost of £20m, that has been requested from central Government.

A system similar to TfL’s Oyster card system is being proposed to cover the Midlands region, with talks of including rental of e-scooters in the system.

“The introduction of the Swift card in the West Midlands has been a great success, with more than 50 million journeys undertaken last year. But although the card is the biggest of its kind outside of London, we must always look to keep improving.

“Not only will this funding from Government allow us to cap payments to ensure better value for money, but it also means we could integrate the technology with our new e-scooter trial and soon-to-be announced bike share scheme, allowing seamless travel on all modes of transport across the region.

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