Bus campaigner praises success of MANGO smartcard

The head of an organisation campaigning on behalf of bus users has hailed the success of our MANGO scheme now that 25% of journeys are made using the pioneering smart card.

Gillian Merron, Chair of Bus Users UK, recently joined staff and customers at a special event in Derby to celebrate an important milestone for the card initiative.

Gillian Merron, Chairman of Bus Users UK, and Mr MANGO cut into a cake to celebrate the 25% of all journeys are made using the MANGO smart card. They are joined by the Managing Director Jeff Counsell (left) and Commercial Director Alex Hornby.

Now a quarter of all passenger journeys are paid for using the card, which allows customers to pay in advance of their journey and entitles them to 25% off every single fare.

The former Transport Minister and MP for Lincoln said the card was helping to make bus travel great value for money and an even more attractive choice.

“People in Derby are obviously really liking what MANGO has to offer. The response so far has been fantastic,” she said.

There are now more than 30,000 MANGO holders across the region, making it one of the most popular travel-card schemes in the country. Prepaid cards can be bought at bus stations in Derby and Nottingham and then topped up online. Customers just touch on and off with their MANGO when using the bus.

Alex Hornby, Commercial Director, explained: “Whilst MANGO is over three years old, this pioneering payment and discount system is going strong, with nearly 6.5 million journeys made by thousands of our customers since it was introduced.

“As well as providing an easy way to pay that doesn’t include fiddling about with change when boarding a bus, there are a great range of regular offers with our MANGO Moments at local businesses.

“When you add to these generous discounts at pubs, restaurants, retailers and local attractions for MANGO holders, it really does make sense to get a card. We look forward to the strong growth in the number MANGO card holders continuing,” he added.

To register for a free MANGO card, or to find out more about the benefits of the scheme, just visit www.trentbarton.co.uk/mango.

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