Cubic Transportation Systems has partnered with Southern Railway to provide modernised ITSO smart ticket acceptance capabilities on the network’s 90 stations outside London. The project is being called the South East Flexible Ticketing scheme (SEFT).
The work is being carried out alongside Transport for London’s (TfL) ITSO on Prestige project, which is funded by the Department for Transport (DfT).
In order to enable use of ITSO smart cards across the Southern network, Cubic has altered its smart card validators to allow passengers to ‘touch in’ and ‘touch out’ at the majority of Southern stations.
Cubic Transportation Systems operations director Steve Chilver said, "This project is the UK rail industry’s leading deployment of ITSO on a commercial basis.
"Because Cubic provides the ticketing system for TfL, we were in a unique position with Go-Ahead to create an additional test suite on site at Cubic’s UK headquarters to ensure seamless integration with the London smartcard network."
TfL has already modernised the smart card ticket acceptance at four National Rail stations; London Victoria, London Bridge, Clapham Junction and East Croydon. This allows customers to use ITSO-based tickets as well as Oyster cards.
The project aims to enable acceptance of ITSO cards on TfL’s transport infrastructure including the Oyster rail, underground, bus and tram network within London.
The Southern Railway network is planning to introduce travel cards along with single and return tickets, and season tickets across its network in early 2014.
This will enable passengers to purchase tickets online that can be collected at the new gate lines deployed by Cubic at Gatwick Airport and Brighton, before beginning their journey at stations south of Gatwick.
As part of the project, Cubic will deploy the ITSO technology capability on the remaining Oyster overground gate estate, while enabling London Underground and buses to accept ITSO cards in early 2014.