Smart City card for Londoners

09/03/06

A new smart card is to be issued to Londoners living in the City of Westminster, bringing together numerous functions, such as travel, library services, youth passport payments and leisure.

According to Sir Simon Milton, leader of Westminster City Council, the One City Card will be based on the Oyster card platform, which is used by 2.5 million Londoners on public transport every day and will bring together Westminster’s existing library, Rescard, staff card, leisure and youth passports.

Westminster will be the first council in London to launch the single chip city card and there are long term plans for the card to also pay for congestion charges and parking. Once it is fully up and running 200,000 are expected to be in circulation. The card will also provide access to discounts in shops, restaurants and attractions.

Sir Simon said the One City Card, "will consolidate all existing Westminster cards onto a single smartcard developed with TfL that can be used not just for council services but for making journeys on public transport and paying for parking meters as well.”

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